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Darth Vader from 1977 is alive with this artificial intelligence

James Earl Jones voice-guided Darth Vader’s performance during the filming of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but this was eventually replaced by his computer-generated version.

An artificial intelligence will be in charge of giving life to the voice of Darth Vader in future film and television productions after the original actor in the 1977 film by starwarsJames Earl Jones, will retire at the age of 91 from the world of acting and, therefore, stop playing the character.

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Nevertheless Disneywhich currently owns the rights to the franchise created by george lucasreached an agreement with the veteran actor so that the original voice of the iconic character can continue to appear in future productions of lucasfilm thanks to one Artificial Intelligence (AI) even when the actor is not part of the filming in the future.

This will be possible with the support of the Ukrainian startup respect, which uses audio files as part of its algorithm to create new lines of dialogue with the voices of actors and actresses “from the past”. In this way, the voice of Earl Jones was used, with the consent of the artistso that it sounds again like in 1977, in the first film of starwars.

James Earl Jones voice-guided Darth Vader's performance during the filming of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but this was eventually replaced by his computer-generated version. (DisneyPlus)
James Earl Jones voice-guided Darth Vader’s performance during the filming of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, but this was eventually replaced by his computer-generated version. (DisneyPlus)
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As reported by Vanity Fair magazine, the actor and Disney agreed to use his voice and the startup’s program to “keep (Darth) Vader alive” during the recording of the TV series. Disney+, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

James Earl was in charge of guiding the performance of the character during the production of the series with a “benevolent” voice, according to the American media, but finally they were the Program and the Artificial intelligence those who were responsible for bringing back the original voice of the Sith Lord.

Artificial Intelligence “returns” people from the past

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In addition to being able to use people’s voice recordings to be able to recreate them even if they have died, Artificial Intelligences have various uses in which their resources can be, for example images, Photographs and even portraits that these AIs rely on to create realistic images of what the faces of historical characters and even of fiction would be like.

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This is what Nefertiti would look like according to an AI
This is what Nefertiti would look like according to an AI

In this case, an artist from Brazil, called Hidreley Diao, was able to represent different Characters of History of humanity and gave them a modern and realistic look, almost like photography, thanks to the use of an Artificial Intelligence, which helped him in the realization of this work.

The Brazilian used “artbreeder”, a website that works with Artificial Intelligence and generates images based on machine learning. Once that process was finished, it took other digital tools such as Remini, Gradient and FaceApp, to make portraits of the characters you chose and, finally, touch up the result with Photoshop.

Among the characters selected by the artist are Julius Caesar, Nefertiti, Moe (from The Simpsons), Princess Tiana (The Princess and the Frog), among others on whom he made realistic portraits.

Artificial intelligence in companies

However, AI applications are not limited to personal activities, but have useful potential for large companies such as Google, which presented the AI Test Kitchenan Android app that allows users to talk to one of their most advanced AI chat bots, LaMDA 2.

AI Test Kitchen. (photo: Google)
AI Test Kitchen. (photo: Google)

Although this app remains only available in the United States, it is possible to have a conversation with this AI with three demonstrations of capabilities, from the exploration of the imagination, enumeration of tasks and topics, and open chat, which includes improvisation and real-time conversations with AI

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