The celebrated Spanish singer Lola Flores died in 1995, but a brewery is using AI to bring her back to life.
Sevillan beer company Cruzcampo made a deepfake of the iconic Andalusian the star of a new ad campaign.
The company pitches the commercial as a celebration of the diversity of Spanish accents.
“Do you know why I was understood all over the world? Because of my accent,” says Flores’ AI reincarnation. “And I’m not just referring to the way I talk…”
The company recreated her voice, face, and features using hours of audiovisual material, more than 5,000 photos, and a painstaking composition and post-production process, according to El País.
The video below (in Spanish) gives more details on how it was made:
But others were quick to condemn the campaign for putting words in her mouth that she didn’t say — just to market beer.
One thing they all agreed on was that the deepfake Flores is an impressively realistic recreation of the singer.
The ad was released shortly after a report named deepfakes the most concerning use of AI for crime and terrorism. But the campaign shows the tech can also turn the dead into effective booze peddlers.
Published January 22, 2021 — 15:06 UTC