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Schumacher’s family to press charges for Die Aktuelle’s fake Michael AI interview

The German newspaper was deliberately deceptive in its article on the seven-time World Champion

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Michael Schumacher’s family have revealed that they will take legal action against Die Aktuelle for a fake interview with the F1 legend generated entirely with AI.

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Schumacher achieved his final F1 podium at the 2012 European Grand Prix (Image Credit: Daimler AG)

This comes just a few days after the German publication released their latest paper. The front page was adorned with images of Michael and the headline, “Michael Schumacher: the first interview”.

“No meagre, nebulous half-sentences from friends. But answers from him! By Michael Schumacher, 54!”

The feature does hint at AI generation in parts of the article with sub headers such as “it sounds deceptively real” and an easy-to-miss footnote adding “The interview was on the Internet. On a site that has to do with artificial intelligence or AI for short”.

However, there is no denying that Die Aktuelle attempted to deceive, as well as provide a false sense of hope that would not go unnoticed by F1 fans around the world.

Social media users were quick to slam the newspaper’s tasteless antics, with many describing the publication as “disrespectful” and “shameless”.

The dangers of AI and the case

The rise and popularity of AI chatbot applications including ChatGPT has captured the intrigue of a lot of people recently; perhaps Die Aktuelle was keen to jump on the bandwagon with their latest ill-advised effort.

In the “interview”, the AI Michael claims that his “life has changed completely” and that he will likely return to public life in the coming years.

According to ESPN, Schumacher’s family will take legal action against the German magazine. Die Aktuelle has caused issues with the Schumachers multiple times in the past. A publication back in 2014 titled “Awake” showed a picture of Michael and wife Corinna on the front page, when the article itself only explored the possibility of people waking up from deep comas.

The outcome of the upcoming court case will prove a strong precedent for other potential crimes committed with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Michael’s past decade
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Michael (left) last drove in F1 for Mercedes between 2010 and 2012 (Image Credit: Sutton Motorsport Images)

The seven-time F1 World Champion hanged up his racing boots at the end of the 2012 season, but his love for speed never dwindled.

Michael always loved skiing, and had a penchant for going off-piste in search of ever greater speeds and adrenaline. Unfortunately, he would slip into a coma when he fell head-first into a rock while skiing on December 29th 2013.

While the F1 legend has since regained consciousness and is back at the family residence in Switzerland, his wife Corinna Schumacher has admitted that her husband is noticeably “different”. She said on the Netflix documentary Schumacher: “Michael is here. Different, but he’s here, and that gives us strength, I find.”

“We’re together. We live together at home. We do therapy. We do everything we can to make Michael better and to make sure he’s comfortable. And to simply make him feel our family, our bond. And no matter what, I will do everything I can. We all will.”

Michael’s son Mick is making sure the family name remains in the minds and hearts of the paddock. Having landed himself a reserve driver role with Mercedes for 2023, Mick will be hoping to get back into an F1 seat sooner rather than later.

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