How artificial intelligence recreated Val Kilmer's 'Iceman' in Top Gun: Maverick

Val Kilmer's voice is featured prominently in the forthcoming Top Gun sequel, thanks to artificial intelligence.

Scientists used artificial intelligence to create a computer-generated facsimile of Kilmer's voice that could read his lines, allowing him to reprise his role as Iceman.

Kilmer's voice was irreparably damaged after he was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent a tracheotomy in 2014. He has appeared in films such as Batman Forever, The Doors, and Heat.

In an interview with Good Morning America, he later defined acting after the treatment to learning a new language.

Sonantic, a London-based software business, joined up with Kilmer in August of last year to create an A.I.-powered voice for the actor, which was then used in Top Gun: Maverick.

Kilmer's daughter described her father's role in the film as "extremely special" to the New York Post.

Sonantic's "voices" are created with a proprietary deep learning software that has been responsible for a number of A.I. advancements in recent years, but the business hasn't revealed any specifics about the technique it employs to generate its voices.

WaveNet, a learning system pioneered by Google-owned DeepMind and open-sourced in 2016, is one of the most significant A.I. advancements that can be used to make artificial voices.

WaveNet has been used by Google to achieve advancements in the design of virtual assistants for its devices, with the technology being used to create realistic voices for its Google Duplex service.

Sonantic "masterfully recreated my voice in a way I've never believed possible," Kilmer remarked at the end of the endeavour.

"The ability to communicate is at the heart of our existence as human beings," he continued, "and the symptoms of throat cancer have made it difficult for people to comprehend me." "Having the opportunity to express my narrative in a voice that feels genuine and familiar is an incredible gift."