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GTA 5 Actor Ned Luke Calls Out 'Bulls**t' AI Chatbot That Uses His Voice

Grand Theft Auto voice actor Ned Luke, who played Michael De Santa in GTA 5, has called out a "f**king bulls**t" AI chatbot that used his voice.


As reported by
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, Luke responded to a post on
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from AI company WAME for promoting a chatbot that let users have "a realistic voice conversation with Michael De Santa." WAME quickly removed the chatbot following Luke's post, saying "this incident has highlighted the intricate interplay between the advancement of AI technology and the ethical and legal realms."

Luke didn't mince words in his post. "This is f**king bulls**t WAME," he said. "Absolutely nothing cool about ripping people off with some lame computer estimation of my voice. Don't waste your time on this garbage."

This is f**king bulls**t WAME. Absolutely nothing cool about ripping people off with some lame computer estimation of my voice.

He also tagged Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games and actors union Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) in his response, and WAME quickly removed the chatbot and all promotional materials for it from the internet.

It also responded to PCGamesN: "In light of the recent controversy surrounding the utilization of Mr Ned Luke’s voice in our application, we at WAME wish to express our profound understanding and concern," it said. "This incident has highlighted the intricate interplay between the advancement of AI technology and the ethical and legal realms."

"WAME commits to protecting the rights of voice actors and creators while advancing ethical AI practices. We believe this controversy serves as a pivotal moment in harmonizing AI technology with relevant legal statutes."


Luke is the latest in a long line of video game voice actors to address the threat of AI and share how it impacts them.
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, sharing in Luke's assessment that chatbots and similar uses are "effectively robbing [voice actors] of income."

Video games have endured a complicated relationship with AI in recent years. Embark Studios, the developer of smash hit shooter The Finals, was criticised for using AI voiceovers
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, for example. Embark told IGN that
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and claimed it uses a mix of both recorded audio voices and audio generated via AI text to speech tools for its games, however.

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, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate voice actress
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after discovering her voice was used by cloning software. Paul Eiding, the voice actor behind Colonel Campbell in the Metal Gear Solid series, also
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.


Ironically, the biggest developer to use AI for voice acting so far is The Witcher studio CD Projekt Red, though this was only done
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.

Looking to counter chatbots like the Grand Theft Auto one, Cissy Jones, a voice actor known for her roles in Disney's Owl House, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Shin Megami Tensei 5, and more, has
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.


Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He'll talk about The Witcher all day.

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