Tom Hanks recently took to Instagram to clarify that there is an AI-generated video promoting a futuristic plan that bears a striking resemblance to him, even though he has no involvement with it whatsoever. The visuals in the advertisement video have a slight uncanny valley effect, making the subject appear more childlike, but it remains unclear what the purpose of the ad is or which company is behind it.
In a May interview on The Adam Buxton Podcast, Tom Hanks discussed the potential use of AI to replace actors who have passed away. He speculated that tomorrow he could be hit by a bus, but the show could go on with his performances being continued through AI. He also delved into the future possibilities of AI and Deepfake, suggesting that they could reach a level of realism that is indistinguishable from reality. This presents both artistic and legal challenges.
Previously, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) had staged a work stoppage, but they have now reached a new agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, putting an end to the protests.
TLDR: Tom Hanks distances himself from an AI-generated video promoting a mysterious futuristic plan. He discusses the potential implications of AI and Deepfake technology, highlighting the artistic and legal challenges they present. The Writers Guild of America has resolved its conflict with producers, bringing a halt to the work stoppage.