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Tom Hanks warns about AI video of himself

by on03 October 2023

I have nothing to do with it

Tom Hanks is warning fans not to trust a video of him circulating about a dental plan.

The Oscar-winning actor told Instagram that anything they may see about him online linked to a dental plan was not actually him.

"BEWARE!! There's a video out there promoting some dental plan with an AI version of me. I have nothing to do with it," Hanks wrote over a photo of a computer-generated image of him from the clip,” he said.

Hanks said that he has been worried about the use of AI in the entertainment industry, noting it's been a long time coming and citing The Polar Express as the first time he did a movie that had a huge amount of his likeness locked into a computer.

"We saw this coming," he said on The Adam Buxton Podcast in May. "We saw that there was going to be this ability to take zeros and ones inside a computer and turn it into a face and a character. Now that has only grown a billionfold since then, and we see it everywhere."

He also discussed how, with the use of AI, a version of him could continue acting, even if something were to happen to him.

"I could be hit by a bus tomorrow, and that's it, but performances can go on and on and on and on," Hanks said.

"Outside the understanding of AI and deepfake, there'll be nothing to tell you that it's not me and me alone. And it's going to have some degree of lifelike quality. That's certainly an artistic challenge, but it's also a legal one."


Last modified on 03 October 2023
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