Tom Hanks thinks AI could carry on his legacy in future movies

Tom Hanks
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Tom Hanks could be starring in movies long after he’s gone.

Speaking on the “Adam Buxton Podcast”, Hanks discussed how artificial intelligence may let actors “recreate themselves at any age”.

“I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but my performances can go on and on and on,” the “Big” actor said.

He also touched on how using AI in this manner would bring up other difficulties.

“And outside of the understanding that it’s been done by AI or deepfake, there’ll be nothing to tell you that it’s not me and me alone. And it’s going to have some degree of lifelike quality. And that is certainly an artistic challenge, but it's also a legal one,” he said.

The host told Hanks he believed viewers would want to watch human performances over artificially generated ones.

“Without a doubt, people will be able to tell, but the question is, will they care?” Hanks countered before adding, “There are some people that won’t care, that won’t make that delineation.”

Hanks also discussed how his 2004 movie, “The Polar Express”, used AI-like technology of his voice and face to create an animated likeness that resembled him.

“We saw this coming, we saw that were was going to be this ability in order to take zeros and ones inside a computer and turn it into a face and a character,” he said.

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