Sir David Attenborough, the 97-year-old documentary filmmaker, recently attended the premiere of his BBC documentary “Planet Earth III” in October. However, a video that went viral on X showed an AI version of Attenborough narrating a programmer’s life. The video was met with awe and amazement by some, but Attenborough himself found it to be “personally distressing.” He expressed his concerns that AI versions of him could be used to deceive others.
Attenborough’s main concern is that AI could be used to misrepresent his beliefs or promote wider concerns he has spent his lifetime promoting. Despite this, the AI-generated version of him has been viewed over 3 million times and has sparked further interest in AI clones. Another programmer, Charlie Holtz, who shared the video and the code he used to create the AI-Attenborough, has not yet commented on the controversy.
Another example of how AI is being used to imitate well-known figures and personalities is an AI-generated Steve Jobs critiquing designs that was shared on X. This highlights how technology can be used to create false representations of individuals that could potentially cause harm or confusion. It is important for individuals like Attenborough to raise awareness about these potential dangers and encourage responsible use of technology.