Will Voice Actors be Replaced by AI?

Sneezes, coughs, sudden noises. Even working in a professional recording studio, voice actors cannot avoid these problems. If the finished film contains any unwanted sounds, this dubbing work is equivalent to a waste of time. However, any environmental or human-generated noises will not affect the AI voice. With the heated discussions on ChatGPT, recent news about AI is flooding everywhere, doubts, panic, excitement, and expectations. No negative emotional expressions will stop the advancement of this technology. So, if one day, not only static words and paintings, but also AI can perfectly reflect the emotions that need to be expressed during dubbing, will we still hear real human voices from any film and video works? Or, to go further, a movie, from image generation to special effects synthesis, to editing and recording, is completely created by AI without any human participation in the future.

In fact, AI can already replace the work of voice workers to a certain extent. The impact of AI replacing jobs is particularly evident in the gaming industry. Some game illustrators already need to find work elsewhere. Voice workers are in the same predicament.

I don’t know if we will be able to tell the difference between AI and human voices in art a few years from now. It may be difficult now. Voice actors will bring out the idiosyncrasies of their voices in their work, but have a hard time expressing themselves fully because of the constraints of the video and the lines they read. Interestingly, apart from the changes in emotion, the characteristics of the voice can easily form a kind of symbol. Just like when we listen to other people’s speech, in the absence of interference, we will grasp the essence of the sound as soon as they speak to distinguish who is speaking. Moreover, AI with powerful learning skills can just use big data analysis input templates to easily imitate and complete the expressiveness of such iconic symbols. Even, AI may still have an advantage. If a character in the work has a lot of emotional ups and downs, such as a crying voice expressing sadness, this emotion needs to be brewed. If a voice actor is not in a good state at work today, the dubbed voice will be unreal, but no worries in AI-generating. While, in the past two years, the upgrade of related AI technology has fully enabled the dubbing process to be quick and convenient. The important thing is that time-saving, labor-saving, and low-cost AI is completely worthy of the favor of large enterprises.

Well, let’s put unemployment aside, because with the advancement of AI technology, there will definitely be new jobs created. I don’t care how many AIs can pass the Turing test, and I don’t care if my boss, colleagues, or employees are AI. However, I do care about the indistinguishability between AI and human voice. From static article and image generation to now dynamic audio. Brilliant AI technology developers use vast amounts of human-generated data to feed the AIs they create. I hope that such technology will not be monopolized by unscrupulous merchants and further encroach on people’s spiritual life. Human beings lose innovation in the field of art, and completely lose information privacy, because I don’t know whether the AI or my friend will answer me the next time I call a friend to confide in my heart.

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