Will "Actors" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is a small chance this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 25% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

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How this compares with other jobs: 263 out of 706

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Job description

Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.

SOC Code: 27-2011

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Mark says
When they take these jobs, or any humanities job for that matter, we'll have a dystopia, where technology rules over what people want and we are subordinates to technology... oh wait
Aug 03, 2019 at 11:09 AM
:) (No chance) says
Though an AI may be highly advanced, it won’t portray the same emotion a human would. I’m not saying AI’s are bad; But even if they can record our voices and learn human cultures, actors can evoke emotions above a robots level to their role. For example, they could be on stage and (if your a stage geek like I am), they need to know how to belt. I honestly don’t think an AI can do that. Now some people would argue that “You can just put the lines into it’s head and it’ll know it all!”, but as an actor/actress, learning the lines let’s the actor/actress gain experience, and grow as a person.
Jul 01, 2019 at 12:46 AM
Guio says
Im lmao with this page! The main problem with robots is that...they are not human! amazing. I think they are not going to be able to replace Humanities jobs in any way (actors, voiceactors, translators, teachers,...) and even social jobs as bartenders or waiters...we do like human contact and also robots are a breach of security (they are not your pals, they can be hacked while u are drinking your ass off or whatever) It could work for a while and then they will crash.
Jun 20, 2019 at 04:17 AM
Christiaan says
Actors just love to... well, act. There's lots of actors struggling to get by - but they just love what they do, so they'll never quit. Money's just never been the object. Why let a robot do what i love to do myself?
As for CGI's, i reckon there will be a future for programmers and animators who 'own' specific builds as famous and popular as 'living' stars are right now. It could earn them lots of money probably. Bet they are just replacing puppeteers. There is a glorious future for puppeteering - who'd have thought...
Jun 05, 2019 at 02:55 PM
seojin (Highly likely) says
the reason why is simple, AI is good at memorying, so if you just tell AI what to do, record voices, BOOM! the show will go perfect
Jun 03, 2019 at 08:37 AM
Evelyn says
No, I disagree, because AI cannot act out the thrills that we get while watching horror movies, or the sadness in romance movies, or the laughter in comedy movies. They are highly skilled, but not that skilled.
Jul 16, 2019 at 11:49 PM
A thought on Digital Reconstruction and Translation (Highly likely) says
Honestly, with the recent advancements in Deep Neural Networks and Computer Vision, as well as increased computing capacity for photorealistic rendering (just look at some of the realtime volumetric capture and reconstructions the Unreal Engine has made possible) the probability of robots (a word used not just for physical machines, but for software as well) replacing human actors is quite high.

The replacement of ALL human actors? Probably not. But when one actor with sufficient motion capture technology can be translated to any likeness needed, the need for large numbers of actors for a single project can be eliminated. Not to mention, with DNNs learning HOW we express emotion through physicality, a director will eventually be able to simply input general parameters, and then fine tune the character to their needs.

Obviously, this will be quite different for live theatre, but for film, tv, animation, and even voicework, digital reproduction will revolutionize the industry.
May 20, 2019 at 04:13 AM
n says
If you want to act just for easy money, I figure it's better if you don't, kiddo
May 19, 2019 at 09:29 AM
Matt says
Well I would like to be an actor when I grow up mainly because you make loads of easy money, which is the reason why robots maybe actually should take over this job because actors get paid a lot they are rich and spoiled.

If robots took over this job then that money would go to more useful things like helping the poor become richer.

Simply put no one will be rich and spoiled nor poor and starving. However, this doesn't mean good news for me because would love to make that kind of easy money.
May 09, 2019 at 09:28 PM
Matt says
This is the shallowest comment I have read in this site.
May 23, 2019 at 04:56 AM
ByA says
Not all actors are rich and spoilt. Yeah, its easy money, but remember they worked for that opportunity of a job, sometimes they work most of their lives to become an actor. AI/robots could never take the job of an actor, we need sentient being to give us some real laughs, real tears, real- anything!
Jun 14, 2019 at 05:38 AM
Just_A_Person (Small chance) says
There could be a small chance but the fact is the robots won't be able to show the right amount of emotion and chemistry human actors can. Actors make people fall in love with there facial expressions and how they pour there hearts out. Robots won't be able to do that no matter how much programming they have.
Apr 30, 2019 at 03:50 PM
Jako (No chance) says
no way in hell
Apr 29, 2019 at 11:14 PM
Jay (Small chance) says
Even in a worst case scenario where cgi takes over, human actors will likely not be replaced
Apr 27, 2019 at 11:41 AM
ScarletRose (Small chance) says
robots are nowhere near being human enough for our brains to recognize it
Apr 23, 2019 at 06:43 AM
Rb (Small chance) says
I think it’s going to be a while before Robots will be able to act like humans fully
Apr 22, 2019 at 11:18 AM
Renan Tavares (No chance) says
robos can't emote and emotion is the best way to make comedy
Apr 20, 2019 at 04:11 AM
Ana (Likely) says
Robots can act better than humans, if programmed to.
Apr 11, 2019 at 09:18 PM
No (Likely) says
I think that actors will not be replaced by robots as much as by animations and artists.
Apr 08, 2019 at 01:19 AM
Carlos says
CGI actors are becoming more and more realistic.
Apr 02, 2019 at 10:38 PM

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