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Scarlett Johansson and Others Call out Lack of AI Safeguards Scarlett Johansson and Others Call out Lack of AI Safeguards
Actors Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum are calling attention to the urgent need for safeguards surrounding AI. As they promote their... Scarlett Johansson and Others Call out Lack of AI Safeguards

Actors Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum are calling attention to the urgent need for safeguards surrounding AI. As they promote their new film, “Fly Me to the Moon,” both stars have voiced strong support for legislative action on the rapidly advancing technology, highlighting concerns prevalent in Hollywood

This included the misuse of actors’ images to the potential for AI-written scripts which had been a pressing issue during last year’s writer’s strike. Though writers were given certain assurances on the matter, it’s still a hotly debated topic.

Obviously, we’re all waiting and supporting the passing of legislation to protect everybody’s individual rights,” Johansson told The Associated Press. The “Avengers” star emphasized the vulnerabilities exposed by AI, referencing her own dispute with OpenAI as a prime example.

Last month, OpenAI released a voiced AI assistant that Johansson said sounds “eerily similar” to her voice, raising alarm about the lack of protection for individual likenesses and intellectual property.

Johansson’s experience with OpenAI underscores the broader issue of AI-generated content infringing on personal rights. She shared that OpenAI CEO Sam Altman had previously approached her about voicing the AI assistant, a request she declined. Johansson later hired legal counsel to demand the removal of the voice, which OpenAI “reluctantly” agreed to do.

In a time when we are all grappling with deepfakes and the protection of our own likeness, our own work, our own identities, I believe these are questions that deserve absolute clarity,” Johansson asserted. “I look forward to resolution in the form of transparency and the passage of appropriate legislation to help ensure that individual rights are protected.”

Channing Tatum echoed Johansson’s concerns, noting the broader implications of AI beyond the entertainment industry. “Well, I’m wondering which one is going to be addressed first in a way. I mean, is it going to be like this industry or just out in the normal world?” he pondered.

Tatum highlighted the potential for widespread job displacement due to AI advancements, stressing the urgency of the issue. “People are going to start losing jobs, like not in the movie industry at all. So many people are going to lose their jobs just to an AI that can do so much. And I just can’t believe that’s not even a bigger story than it is right now.

The call for AI regulation is growing louder as the technology continues to advance at a rapid pace. Johansson and Tatum’s views reflects a broader sentiment within Hollywood and beyond, as many seek to balance innovation and disruption.

In the meantime, industry professionals and the public alike are watching closely, hoping for swift action from lawmakers. Johansson’s words resonate with many who feel vulnerable in the face of these technological advancements: “It shows how little protection people do have, if any, of their work and their likeness.”

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