Voice Actors Express Outrage over AI Deal that Sidelines Them

Some have argued that the deal contradicts the union's previous efforts to protect voice actors from AI use.
17 January 2024
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Voice actors were kept in the dark about a groundbreaking agreement between the US actors' union Sag-Aftra and AI firm Replica Studios regarding the use of AI-generated voices in games.

The deal, which promises "fully informed consent and fair compensation" for union members, has caused anger among voice artists who fear being replaced by AI. One actor even labeled the agreement as "garbage." 

Sag-Aftra claims that the contract was designed to protect the interests of voice actors, many have criticised the deal, stating that it contradicts the purpose of their previous strike. In response, Sag-Aftra argues that recent advancements in AI technology necessitate measures to safeguard the rights of voice talent. 

Nevertheless, some actors, including Steve Blum, a Guinness World Record holder for his work in video games, assert that they were not consulted or involved in approving the agreement.

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