The world of technology never ceases to surprise us. And if there is a sector that has experienced a constant revolution in the last decade, it is undoubtedly the audiovisual sector.
A few days ago we learned about the appearance of an artificial intelligence called Hey Gen capable of dubbing the voices of videos into other languages, maintaining the original tone of the character and, incredibly, adapting the lips to the new voice. Amazing progress, no doubt. But what does this mean for our beloved voice actors, those talents who have given us hours and hours of emotions?
The symbolism behind the voice: the scene from Terminator 2
In cinema the voice has the power to transport us to different worlds, to make us feel emotions and to give life to characters who would otherwise remain in the shadows.
A perfect example of this is the iconic scene of Terminator 2 in which the T800 changes his voice to that of John Connor. This sequence showed us how a simple change in tone can completely change our perception of a character.
HeyGen: a technological advance that raises questions
Like the T800, Hey Gen It has the ability to change voices. But, while Skynet’s cyborg used this power to deceive and complete his mission, the question that arises is: will this artificial intelligence be able to replace the talent and essence of our favorite voice actors?
These types of actors are not simply people lending their voices. I am artists performing, who study each character, who feel and convey emotions. Behind every line there are essays, there is passion, there is a story. The voices of Homer Simpson, Jack Sparrow or Goku, to name just a few examples, have become part of popular culture thanks to the incredible work of these professionals.
The nuances of the human voice
Technology can replicate tones, timbres, and even emotions to some extent, but there are nuances in the human voice that are inimitable. Those little inflections, those tones full of personal history and experience, make a voice actor’s performance unique.
For the community strange guy, voice actors are more than just voices. They are allies who have accompanied us on epic adventures, in love stories, in galactic battles. They constitute the link between the original work and our culture and are often responsible for a series, a film or a video game that appeals to the Spanish-speaking audience.
The importance of cultural adaptation
One of the greatest strengths of our actors is their ability to do this adapt culturally the original content. While an AI like HeyGen can translate and synchronize voices, it remains to be seen whether it will be able to understand and convey the cultural subtleties that are often woven into the dialogue.
When we watch a series or a movie, we don’t just want to understand the words. We want to feel that the story is being told with us in mind, our context, our experiences. The voice actors, with their intrinsic knowledge of our culture, manage to do this perfectly.
Machines can learn many patterns and emulate many processes, but cultural understanding and passion are, at least for now, irreplaceable. These professionals offer us a localized vision of global stories, a bridge between worlds that only they can build. It’s not just a question of voice; It’s about the soul behind it.
A future to write
He the launch of HeyGen undoubtedly poses a future full of possibilities in the audiovisual world. But if history has taught us anything, it is that technology cannot, nor must, supplant human art. Voice actors have a special place in our hearts, and we are confident that no matter what happens, they will continue to be essential to our culture.
Will AI, no matter how advanced it may be, be able to pick up on the subtle difference between a sarcastic laugh and a genuine laugh? Can you spot the difference between a sob of sadness and one of suppressed joy?