Tom Hanks warns about an AI clone selling bogus dental plans

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  • Tom Hanks warns fans about AI impersonation of himself
  • He reiterates his concerns that AI can closely mimic real performances

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks, known for his notable roles in films such as Forrest Gump and Sully, recently used his Instagram platform to alert his followers to a concerning situation. He cautioned his audience about the appearance of an AI-generated version of himself featured in a promotional video endorsing a dental plan. Accompanying an image of this AI replica, Hanks issued a clear warning, asserting he had no affiliation with the video. 

According to reports, the Post contacted Hanks’ representatives for their input about this. It’s worth noting that this is not the first instance of the acclaimed Forrest Gump star expressing apprehensions regarding artificial intelligence. In a podcast appearance on The Adam Buxton Podcast in May, Hanks delved into a discussion about the future implications of AI on the entertainment industry. Through deep fake technology, he emphasised AI’s capability to recreate individuals at various stages of life, potentially blurring the lines between reality and simulation in a manner that might deceive audiences.

Protest Against AI

It’s noteworthy that Hanks recorded this podcast about three months before the commencement of the SAG-AFTRA strike in July. During the strike, on-screen performers advocated for safeguards against using AI and digital replicas. Similarly, the Writers Guild of America, fresh from resolving its strike through a new contract agreement with entertainment companies, sought to impose restrictions on AI’s usage in the writing and reworking of source material.

Tom Hanks is not the sole celebrity expressing concerns about AI. In June, Arnold Schwarzenegger, aged 76, shared his thoughts on real-world AI developments, drawing parallels with the Terminator film series, wherein machines gain self-awareness. Speaking at an event titled “An Evening With Arnold Schwarzenegger,” he highlighted the growing apprehension among people about AI’s trajectory. Schwarzenegger commended the foresight of Terminator director James Cameron, as the 1984 film, once perceived as a futuristic concept, has now become a reality. 

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