Filipino actress, Kylie Verzosa has announced that she will partner with a San Francisco-based company to make an AL model of herself. This would reportedly make her the first Asian celebrity to do so. This report comes from NextShark and will see the former Miss International 2016 leap AI.
The announcement came from a panel at the Sigma Asia Summit 2023 in Pasay City, Philippines last month. While speaking at the forum, which was titled “The Future of technology and how it affects youth empowerment, legacy brands, tourism, and social media,” Kylie Verzosa made her announcement.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, she said in part that she had “partnered up with some developers in San Francisco to create an AI model version of myself.”, adding, “But it’s going to take some time because I’m the first girl in Asia that’s going to be able to do it, so it could still use a bit of improvement.”
During the panel, she mentioned that she wanted to take her mental health advocacy and use the AI model as a means to help fellow Filipinos with their mental health concerns. “With recent issues, I knew that it was quite a struggle for an AI model to talk about mental health because it was such a touchy subject, especially for the youth here in the Philippines.”
While speaking to the Inquirer, she mentioned that the AI model still needed “a few improvements.” For example, she shared differences in its speech style compared to hers, “We could still deepen its Tagalog, its pitch was a little bit higher,…It spoke a little bit faster than I did. The Tagalog wasn’t so Tagalog enough the way I wanted it to.”
But she made clear, that her model isn’t to be a perfect copy. Adding, “I’m not perfect, you know? So, maybe it depends per AI model, but I don’t want mine to be perfect. I don’t think AI should be a perfect being or any model should be perfect.”
The use of AI image modeling has made great strides over the last few years. From giving Harrison Ford his youthful appearance in the latest Indiana Jones movie, to other imaging models pushing the envelope on what’s possible. It’s only a matter of time before we may have to question, what is real.
If you’re interested, you can watch her panel from Pageanthology 101 on YouTube:
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