Morgan Freeman Slams AI Voice Scam

Celebrity voices are being imitated using advanced AI technology

by Zain ul Abedin
Morgan Freeman Slams AI Voice Scam
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The recent celebrity who has come out in the public and reported concerns in imitations through AI voice cloning is the famous Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman. On Friday, Freeman thanked his followers for identifying the film in which an avatar with a human voice that replicated his was used without permission.

On X (previously Twitter) Freeman said: "Thank you to my incredible fans for your vigilance and support in calling out the unauthorized use of an A.I. voice imitating me. Your dedication helps authenticity and integrity remain paramount.

Grateful." Further evidence suggests that a TikTok user with accounts that state they are a niece to Freeman have been posting videos with a voiceover provided by an AI that sounds astonishingly like Freeman. This incident has created a lot of stir and provoked controversies among Freeman fan base and any cross-section of society.

Freeman's Iconic Voice

Freeman himself is an Academy Award winner and has acted in many famous movies with impressive voiceover history. He has described successful movies like "March of the Penguins" and also Netflix documentary series "Life on Our Planet." Besides, he is the voice of CBS News, hence establishing himself as a reputable voice over artist.

This issue is not peculiar to Freeman and it can occur in virtually any organisation at any given time. Recently, last month, Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson applied pressure and threatened OpenAI with a lawsuit. She said that the firm was mimicking her voice without her authorization following her refusal to allow her voice to be marketed.

Here, Johansson’s anger and disbelief are evidenced by her words when listening to the Demo with the AI voice, which she said even her friends did not recognize her, nor did media outlets. "When I heard the released demo, I was shocked, angered and in disbelief that Mr.

Altman would pursue a voice that sounded so eerily similar to mine that my closest friends and news outlets could not tell the difference," Johansson said.