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Michael Schumacher: German writer apologises to F1 champion’s household and sacks editor over AI-generated interview

A German writer has apologised for publishing an AI-generated interview with Michael Schumacher.

Funke magazines can also be firing the editor of Die Aktuelle over the “tasteless and misleading article” which it now says ought to “never have appeared”.

Managing director Bianca Pohlmann stated the piece “does not in any way correspond to the standards of journalism that we – and our readers – expect from a publisher like Funke”.

Ms Pohlmann stated the group additionally apologised to Schumacher’s household.

Family spokesperson Sabine Kehm already advised The Associated Press on Thursday that it was planning to take authorized motion over a “fake artificial intelligence interview” by Die Aktuelle.

The 15 April entrance cowl of weekly German journal Die Aktuelle

The journal printed a photograph of the 54-year-old former racing driver on its entrance web page final weekend together with the phrases: “Michael Schumacher, the first interview!”

The journal additionally wrote “it sounds deceptively real” with the supposed quotes attributed to Schumacher generated by AI.

Die Aktuelle is one among many tabloid celeb magazines in Germany.

It was whereas snowboarding within the French Alps resort of Meribel that Schumacher fell in December 2013 and suffered a near-fatal mind damage.

His head hit a rock which cut up open his helmet. Doctors eliminated blood clots however others had been left untouched as a result of they had been too deeply embedded in his mind.

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Since being transferred from hospital in September 2014, the seven-time F1 champion continues to be cared for privately at a household dwelling in Switzerland.

Schumacher retired from F1 in 2012 after three seasons with Mercedes and was changed on the workforce by Lewis Hamilton, who has since matched Schumacher’s F1 titles document.

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