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Magazine Blasted for Michael Schumacher Interview Made with AI

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German magazine blasted for AI-generated interview with Michael Schumacher. Credit: Nicolas Bachmann / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

A magazine in Germany received criticism for saying that they had a special interview with Michael Schumacher, a former Formula 1 superstar who is currently unwell. However, the words attributed to him by the magazine were made up by artificial intelligence (AI).

Schumacher has not been seen by the public in over nine years due to a terrible skiing accident. He had to be put in a medically induced coma, but he was eventually awakened from it. The seven-time champion was then sent home to recover with his wife and a group of caretakers. The details about his condition are not known to the public.

Die Aktuelle’s Latest Issue

The latest issue of Die Aktuelle, published on April 15th, 2023, has a picture of Michael Schumacher on the front cover with a big smile. The headline below the photo says that it’s the “first interview” with the former Formula 1 driver from Ferrari and Mercedes.

However, the actual article is not what it appears to be. Some people are skeptical of the “world sensation” interview, which is mentioned on the front page with the tagline: “It sounds deceptively real”.

When you start reading the article, it might seem like a real interview with Schumacher. It begins with: “Talk to him once. Ask him how he’s really doing. And finally got answers almost 10 years after his tragic skiing accident.”

The article doesn’t have a name attached to it, and it includes supposed quotes from Schumacher about his injuries and personal life.

At the end of the article, there’s a confession about the actual nature of the interview: “Did Michael Schumacher really say everything himself? The interview was online. On a page that has to do with artificial intelligence, or AI for short.”

The magazine’s true motive for publishing the piece is unclear, but Boris Rosenkranz, an expert on German media, criticized the magazine for its insensitive content in a commentary called “Too Stupid to Be True.”

He strongly condemned the magazine for its “remarkable cheek” in producing a fake interview with a person who is unwell.

He further said, “You can’t hide the calculation to give the readership the feeling that Michael Schumacher might be talking about his physical condition.”

Last Update About Michael Schumacher

In 2021, Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, and their children, Mick and Gina, spoke about the skiing accident for the first time in a documentary film called “Schumacher” on Netflix.

Corinna expressed that the absence of Michael, her husband, is felt every day by their family, including their children, his father, and everyone who was close to him. However, she also said that they still have Michael alive, which gives them strength to keep going.

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