AI has developed at a swift pace in the past couple of years. Not only are the images created by AI nearly indistinguishable from the real ones, but the recent development in voice cloning has made AI voices as real as they can get.
However, this also raises ethical and legal issues regarding the rights and consent of the original creators and performers.
Multiple artists have previously spoken out against AI ripping off and being trained on their work without permission and now it looks like voice actors are speaking out against the use of AI.
Yuki Kaji, best known for voicing Eren Yeager from Attack on Titan and Shoto from My Hero Academia, is a Japanese voice actor who has expressed his frustration over the use of AI to clone his voice without his consent.
He appeared on Japanese TV NHK’s program “Close-up Gendai” on December 12, 2023, where he was shown an AI cover that was made by cloning his voice. The cover was of a song of Akuma no Ko (Attack on Titan season 4 part 2 ending theme song).
Yuki Kaji had mixed feelings about the fact that his voice was being used by AI without permission.
The following is a translation of Yuki Kaji’s statement on the TV program, courtesy of @kylescouter:
“Voice actors are not only responsible for their voices, but they also have the responsibility and determination to infuse life and soul into their work. As an actor, it is frustrating to see that the actor’s work is output in a different form by merely tracing the surface of the work. The efforts of everyone involved in the project have been somewhat disregarded.”
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