Michael Schumacher family sues over fake AI interview

The family of Formula One great Michael Schumacher plans to take legal action after a German magazine published what it claimed was an artificial intelligence-generated interview with Schumacher.

Sabine Kehm, a spokesperson for the family, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that legal action is being planned for “fake artificial intelligence interviews by German outlet Die Aktuelle.”

The magazine ran a photo of the 54-year-old Schumacher on its front page last weekend with the words “Michael Schumacher, first interview!”

The magazine also wrote that it “sounds deceptively real”, with quotes attributed to Schumacher generated by AI.

Schumacher was skiing in the French Alps at Méribel when he fell in December 2013, sustaining a fatal brain injury. His head hit a rock and his helmet ripped off. Doctors removed blood clots, but others remained untouched because they were embedded deep in his brain.

Since being transferred from hospital in September 2014, the seven-time F1 champion continues to be cared for personally in his family’s home in Switzerland.

Schumacher shares the record for most F1 titles with British driver Lewis Hamilton, who drives for Mercedes. Schumacher retired from F1 in 2012 after three seasons at Mercedes, and Hamilton joined the team.

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