AI has developed at a breakneck pace over the past few years. Not only are AI-generated images nearly indistinguishable from the real thing, but recent developments in voice cloning technology have made AI voices as realistic as possible.
However, this also raises ethical and legal issues regarding the rights and consent of original creators and performers.
Many artists have previously spoken out against AI copying and duplicating their work without permission and now it seems that voice actors are speaking out against the use of AI.
Yuki Kaji, best known for voicing Eren Yeager in Attack on Titan and Shoto in My Hero AcadeKaren, is a Japanese voice actor who has expressed frustration over the use of AI for voice transcription without his consent.
He appeared on Japanese broadcaster NHK’s “Close-up Gendai” on December 12, 2023, where he was shown an AI cover created by cloning his voice . The cover is a song by Akuma no Ko (Attack on Titan season 4 ending theme song part 2).
人気声優の #梶裕貴 さんが複雑な思いを吐露しました。
— NHKクローズアップ現代 公式 (@nhk_kurogen) December 11, 2023
Yuki Kaji has mixed feelings about his voice being used by an AI without permission.
The following is a translation of Yuki Kaji’s speech on the television program, provided by @kylescouter:
“Voice actors are not only responsible for their own voices, but they also have the responsibility and determination to breathe life and soul into their work. As an actor, it’s frustrating to see an actor’s work being exported in a different form by just scratching the surface of the work. The efforts of all those involved in the project have been somewhat overlooked.”
AI is also being used to create comics. The first comic book created by AI has now been published. Many publishers have started using AI to speed up the process of creating manga works.
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