Hollywood actors went on strike last week. The union is demanding fairer profit sharing, better pay and working conditions from streaming companies. The actors also want a promise that artificial intelligence and computer-generated faces and voices will not be used to replace the actors.

According to a representative of the strikers, the studios proposed to them that the background actors should be able to be scanned, they should be paid a day’s wages for it, and the studios should get all the rights to the scans. Also, studios want to use this scan for all eternity in any project without consent or compensation. Of course, these conditions do not satisfy the actors who started the strike.

The use of generative AI has been one of the main sticking points in the negotiations between the two sides, and in the opening remarks of the press conference, a representative of the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA said that if we do not stand now, we are all in trouble, we are all at risk of being replaced by machines.

Based in Los Angeles, USA, SAG-AFTRA represents 160,000 television, radio and film personalities worldwide, including A-list stars such as Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron.

Source: The Verge