Reveals that the director of the documentary about the chef, Anthony Bourdain, used voice cloning software to make the TV star utter words that were never uttered and caused criticism and concern about the use of the technology.
The film “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” appeared in theaters yesterday and contains mostly images of Bourdain, a dry chef and presenter of the show in which he traveled the world until his death in 2018. However that, director Morgan Neville told New Yorker magazine that part of the dialogue was created through the use of a branch of intelligence.
This has revived the debate about the future of voice cloning technology, not only in the world of entertainment, but also in politics and the growing commercial sector dedicated to turning text into realistic human speech.
“Unauthorized voice cloning is a slippery slope. You will enter a world where you make subjective decisions about whether certain cases are ethical, it won’t be long before everything is allowed,” said Andrew Mason, founder and CEO of Descript. of the voice generator.
Prior to this case, most public controversies about these technologies were related to the creation of simulated audio and video recordings and opportunities to spread misinformation and political conflict.
Mason claims his company has repeatedly denied requests to revive someone’s voice, even requests for “people who have lost someone and are in grief.”
“We don’t want to judge. We’re just saying there have to be bright lines that separate the right things from the wrong ones,” he says.
Violent reactions to the cloning of Bourdain’s voice show expectations and issues of publication and consent, said Sam Gregory, director of a non-governmental organization working to root video technology to improve human rights.
Under his regime, instead of obtaining consent and timely information, viewers were stunned first by the sound of the sound and then by the director’s rejection of any ethical issues.
Neville did not say what tool he used to reproduce Bourdain’s voice, but said he used it for some phrases the late chef wrote, but never uttered.
“We used a lot of intelligence with the permission of his family and agent. It’s a modern narrative technique that I used in a couple of places where I thought it was important to keep Tony’s words alive,” the director said in a written statement.
However, Bourdain’s wife wrote on Twitter that “she was probably not the one who said she would like Tony.”
While technology giants like Microsoft, Google and Amazon are advancing in the development of text-to-speech conversion, there are also many companies that offer voice cloning software. This software is used for several things, from the so-called. etbots for user assistance to video games.