Necromancy: AI company resurrecting classic Hollywood stars to read audiobooks

Artificial intelligence (AI) is resurrecting Hollywood stars — including Judy Garland, James Dean, and Burt Reynolds — with the approval of the late actors’ estates.

Garland’s AI-generated voice, for example, will reportedly read an audiobook of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

ElevenLabs said it made deals with the late celebrities’ estates.

Notably, the company made headlines earlier this year when it was reported that its AI technology was used to create a fake robocall from President Joe Biden urging New Hampshire residents not to vote in the state’s Democrat presidential primary.

Northern Illinois University David Gunkel professor, who tracks AI in media and entertainment, said, “ElevenLabs’ new partnerships are all well within the realm of what the law allows.”

This is not the first time an individual’s voice is being trained by AI — a practice that has become an ever-increasingly powerful tool, raising eyebrows of people concerned with how far the technology will go.

As Breitbart News reported last week, an AI version of sports commentator Al Michaels will deliver “personalized” recaps to Peacock subscribers during the 2024 Olympics.

In December, it was reported that a voice clone of the late legendary Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart, who was known for his distinctive drawl, can now put users of the subscription-based wellness app Calm to sleep.

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