AI and the Entertainment Industry: A Backstage Special Report

Artificial intelligence (AI) is having a profound impact on how we view, create, and make a living out of art. According to Forbes, in the media and entertainment sector alone, AI is valued at $13 billion. By 2030, that value will jump to $99.3 billion. Private investors and large corporations alike have infused millions of dollars into burgeoning companies like Anthropic, an AI safety and research company that received a $300 million investment from Google in February 2023. 

From ethical concerns to the future of the industry, here is everything you need to know about the ways AI is shaping our present and our future. 

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AI and its effect on the entertainment industry

The influence of generative AI is already being felt in every corner of the entertainment industry, from acting to screenwriting, modeling, music, and beyond. Here, we take a broad look at where this technology is most being felt—and where it might end up in the future. 

AI + the acting industry

Can artificial intelligence create a performance lifelike enough for audiences not to notice? We delve into the effects, concerns, and potential of AI in the acting industry. 

AI + the voiceover industry

AI is making it easier to create voiceovers from text in the blink of an eye. We explore some of the ways artificial intelligence is poised to change the VO market—and what you need to know before signing your voice away. 

How will AI affect the livelihoods of artists and content creators?

If you’re an artist, performer, or content creator, you likely want to know: Can an algorithm take the place of a real person? We take a look at the evolving answer to this question—and how it may change down the road. 

What protections around AI currently exist for artists?

When it comes to considering AI-related work, you want to know what to look out for and who’s looking out for you. We provide some insights. 

How to use AI ethically and effectively as an artist

If one thing is clear, it’s that AI isn’t going away anytime soon. Here is a guide to using the technology as a tool. 

 

What is AI, and how does it work?

When you think of artificial intelligence, you’re actually talking about “machine learning.” Here, we break down the basics of how AI works, how the technology is “trained,” and what exactly happens when AI creates art.