Tom Hanks has expressed interest in having his profession continue after his death through the use of artificial intelligence.

The Forrest Gump and Cast Away star claimed that the technology could be used to reproduce his visage, allowing him to continue appearing in films “from now until kingdom come.”

However, he acknowledged that the advancements faced aesthetic and legal issues.

Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys recently stated that AI may be utilized by musicians to complete tunes.

In the newest episode of The Adam Buxton podcast, Hanks, 66, was asked about the legal implications of the new technology.

“This has always been lingering,” he said. “The Polar Express was the first film in which we used a large amount of our own data locked in a computer – literally what we looked like.”

“We saw this coming; we saw the ability to take zeros and ones from inside a computer and turn them into a face and a character.” That has only multiplied by a billion since then, and we see it everywhere.”

The Polar Express, which was released in 2004, was the first film to be totally animated with digital motion-capture technology.

Hanks stated that discussions are taking place in the film industry about how to safeguard actors from the effects of technology.

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“I can tell you that there are discussions going on in all of the guilds, agencies, and legal firms in order to come up with the legal ramifications of my face and voice and everybody else’s being our intellectual property,” Hanks added.

“What is a genuine possibility right now is that if I wanted to, I could get together and pitch a series of seven movies in which I would be 32 years old from now until the end of time.”

“Anyone can now recreate themselves at any age using AI or deep fake technology.” I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can last forever.

“There will be nothing to tell you that it’s not just me and me alone unless you understand AI and deep fake.”

“And it will have some resemblance to reality.” That is a creative problem, but it is also a legal one.”

Previously, similar technology was employed in the last Indiana Jones film, in which Harrison Ford, 80, was “de-aged” for the opening sequence.

The illusion of Indiana Jones in 1944 was created by combing through archived film of the younger Ford and matching it to new footage.

Hanks admitted that technology advancements could result in an AI-generated version of himself participating in projects that he would not typically choose.

“Without a doubt, people will be able to tell [that it’s AI], but the question is whether they will care,” he said. Some people will not care, will not make that distinction.”

AI is also causing consternation in the music industry, with musicians having different attitudes to its use in the creation of music.

A song featuring Drake and The Weeknd’s cloned vocals was removed from streaming services last month, but Grimes has invited musicians to utilize her voice to create music.

Neil Tennant, frontman of the Pet Shop Boys, told the Radio Times that he was enthused about the technology’s potential.

“There’s a song that we wrote a chorus for in 2003 and never finished because I couldn’t think of the verses,” he explained.

“However, with AI, you can give it the bits you’ve written, press a button, and it will fill in the blanks.” You could then rewrite it, but it would still be a tool.”


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