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Keanu Reeves is worried AI will soon replace journalists who interview him

Ben Thompson

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Keanu Reeves is worried AI will soon replace journalists who interview him

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It might sound like a scene ripped straight from The Matrix series, but the ramifications of Artificial Intelligence are troubling to Keanu Reeves.

Whilst on a press tour for his upcoming movie, John Wick: Chapter 4, the 58 year old actor broached the subject of AI with his interviewer.

Speaking to Wired, the Canadian star aired his grievances with recent developments in technology, including ChatGPT and the Metaverse.

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Keanu Reeves has reservations about AI technology. Credit: Lionsgate
Keanu Reeves has reservations about AI technology. Credit: Lionsgate

At one point, Reeves asked his interviewer, Angela Watercutter, if she thought a bot could take her place and be conducting celebrity interviews in the future.

When Watercutter said that she didn't think such a thing would happen in her lifetime, Reeves gave an ominous response.

Looking his interviewer 'dead in the eye', Reeves said: "Oh no, you should be worried about that happening next month."

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Keanu Reeves has aired his concerns about AI technology. Credit: Lionsgate
Keanu Reeves has aired his concerns about AI technology. Credit: Lionsgate

In the rest of the interview, Reeves doesn't shy away from airing his concerns about the future of technology.

Speaking of the risk technology posed to human careers, Reeves said: "The people who are paying you for your art would rather not pay you.

"They're actively seeking a way around you, because artists are tricky. Humans are messy."

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Reeves did concede that ChatGPT's ability to come up with movie scripts was 'cool'.

When asked about deepfakes, Reeves was sceptical: "When you give a performance in a film, you know you're going to be edited, but you're participating in that.

"If you go into deepfake land, it has none of your points of view. That's scary."

AI technology could have potentially devastating repercussions on the workforces of the future. Credit: Pixabay
AI technology could have potentially devastating repercussions on the workforces of the future. Credit: Pixabay
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Reeves may have reason to worry about the ramifications of AI, particularly when it comes to the journalists who will be conducting interviews with him in the future.

A recent article by Business Insider listed journalists as one of the jobs that was most put at risk by the rise of AI technology such as ChatGPT.

Other jobs that were potentially on the chopping block included teachers, computer programmers and accountants.

The extent to which AI will dominate the job market remains to be seen, although a 2013 Oxford University study found that 47 percent of US jobs could be eliminated by the 2030s.

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In 2019, the Office for National Statistics estimated that approximately 7.4 percent of jobs in the UK were at high risk of being automated by the mid 2030s.

With Google and Amazon both conceding that ChatGPT could be an asset to their companies, it's clear that the techonology is already making an impression in the working world.

However, it has been noted that ChatGPT can make mistakes - including making up quotes when tasked with writing a news article, and making inaccurate statements about maths.

Topics: Technology, Keanu Reeves

Ben Thompson
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