Michael Schumacher AI Interview
AI-generated 'interview' has caused controversy and rightly so!
The family of Michael Schumacher plans to sue a publication that ran an artificial intelligence-generated "interview" with the former Formula 1 driver.
Seven-time Formula One champion Schumacher has not been seen in public since suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in December 2013.
"Michael Schumacher, the first interview" was the headline that appeared on the front cover of Die Aktuelle's most recent issue, which included a photo of a smiling Schumacher, 54.
It is revealed in the story that the ostensible quotes had been generated by AI, and the strapline underneath says, "it sounded deceptively real."
An artificial intelligence (AI) application called charatcter.ai was used to create Schumacher's "quotes" regarding his family and health for the article.
The Schumacher 'quotes' read "I can with the help of my team actually stand by myself and even slowly walk a few steps."
"My wife and my children were a blessing to me and without them I would not have managed it. Naturally they are also very sad, how it has all happened."
"They support me and are standing firmly at my side."
The family has acknowledged to the news agency Reuters that they intend to take the matter to court.
Publishers Are Keeping Silent On The Matter
Publishers of the publication informed BBC Sport they would not be making any comments on the matter.
Following his skiing accident, Schumacher was put into an induced coma and returned home in September 2014. Since that time, his family has kept his medical condition a secret.
In 1994 and 1995, Schumacher won two of his F1 world drivers' championships with Benetton. From 2000 through 2004, he won five straight championships with Ferrari.
Together with Lewis Hamilton, he holds the record for the most Formula One championships with seven, and with 91 career victories, Schumacher set a mark that Hamilton will break in 2020.
The German stopped competing in racing in 2006, made a comeback in 2010, and then quit again in 2014.
Mick Schumacher, who presently serves as a reserve driver for Mercedes, used to compete in Formula One for Haas.
Schumacher's spouse Corinna stated in a 2021 Netflix documentary: "We live together at home. We offer counselling. We make every effort to improve Michael's condition, ensure his comfort, and just give him a sense of our closeness as a family.
"We're trying to carry on as a family, the way Michael liked it and still does. And we are getting on with our lives."
'Private is private', as he always said. It's very important to me that he can continue to enjoy his private life as much as possible. Michael always protected us, and now we are protecting Michael."