AI voice clones mimic politicians and celebrities, reshaping reality

Rapid advances in artificial intelligence have made it easy to generate believable audio, allowing anyone from foreign actors to music fans to copy somebody’s voice.

  • Last week, actor Tom Hanks warned his social media followers that bad actors used his voice to falsely imitate him hawking dental plans.
  • Over the summer, TikTok accounts used AI narrators to display fake news reports that erroneously linked former president Barack Obama to the death of his personal chef.
  • A fake AI voice that sounded like 🇸🇰 Slovakia’s Progressive party leader, Michal Šimečka, described a scheme to rig.

While experts have long predicted generative artificial intelligence would lead to a tsunami of faked photos and video — creating a disinformation landscape where nobody could trust anything they see — what’s emerging is an audio crisis.

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