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Family of F1 legend Michael Schumacher plans legal action over fake AI interview

Mercedes GP’s German driver Michael Schumacher pictured in the pits of the Autodromo Nazionale circuit on September 10, 2010.
Michael Schumacher pictured in the pits of the Autodromo Nazionale circuit on September 10th, 2010. | Image: Fred Dufour / AFP via Getty Images

The family of Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher is preparing to take legal action against Die Aktuelle, a German tabloid magazine, for publishing an AI-generated “interview” with the star. The publication ran a front cover spread earlier this week promising an exclusive with Schumacher, accompanied by a tag referring to the piece as “the first interview” since the F1 star suffered a serious brain injury during a skiing accident in December 2013.

“No meager, nebulous half-sentences from friends,” reads the translated text on the magazine cover. “But answers from him! By Michael Schumacher, 54!” A strapline calling the interview “deceptively real” is the only indication on the cover that the piece wasn’t authentic. Die Aktuelle,…

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