Legendary actors Tom Hanks and Zelda Williams, daughter of late Robin Williams, also joined the chorus of voices sounding the alarm about the proliferation of AI deepfakes. Hanks called out the appearance of an AI-generated video of the Castaway and Saving Private Ryan star promoting, of all things, a dental plan.
In the past week, Hanks, who most recently starred in Wes Anderson's Asteroid City, is the latest celebrity to have an AI-generated deep-fake of his likeness surface. On Sunday, Zelda Williams posted an Instagram post that criticized the use of AI to recreate her father's voice.
The news of the Hanks and Williams' deepfakes came a month after Hanks, Anna Hathaway, and Octavia Spencer reportedly had the characteristics to create digital avatars of the performers stored in Metaphysic's database as a way to stop this very thing from happening.
''S it, but my performances can go on and on and on and on and on and on,'' Hanks said on the Adam Buxton podcast.
Deepfakes are AI-generated images, videos, and audio created to deceive people. Scammers are increasingly using the technology to take advantage of and con people by promoting fake but convincing content. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the SEC have warned the public to be careful, as the technology has gotten so good that agencies like the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the SEC have warned.
A-list celebrities and famous faces are not the only ones worried about their digital appearances being exploited. The conflict between the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, known as SAG-AFTRA, and Hollywood studios has centered on the controversial practice of taking full-body scans of background actors to be able to re-use them indefinitely.
Reps for Hanks declined Decrypt's request for comment, while Zelda Williams has not responded.