Sir David Attenborough, 97, made a statement at the premiere of his BBC documentary “Planet Earth III” in October about the viral video of an AI version of himself narrating a programmer’s life. The filmmaker expressed his concern about the potential misuse of this technology and how it could be used to deceive others.
This apprehension stems from Attenborough’s fear that AI technology could be used to create false versions of him, which could lead to misrepresentation and loss of control over his voice. As someone known for his educational TV programs “Life on Earth” and “The Blue Planet,” Attenborough is concerned about the impact that AI clones could have on his reputation and legacy.
The AI-generated video has sparked interest in other areas as well, including wearables and design critique. One programmer shared a video of an AI-generated Steve Jobs critiquing their designs, inspired by the original AI-Attenborough video. While the popularity of these videos is undeniable, there has been no response from the programmer who created the AI-Attenborough yet regarding requests for comment.