HeyGen AI video generation

HeyGen is a video-generating platform that converts text-to-video using artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Heygen was founded November 2020 in Shenzhen, China, by ex-Snap Inc employee Joshua Xu (徐卓 Xú Zhuō).

In September 2023, the company released 'Video Translate', a language translation tool drawing on OpenAI's GPT-4 large language model, wav2lip-2 lipsyncing and ElevenLabs voice cloning that can convert a user’s recorded video into different languages, including Mandarin, Hindi, and Arabic, clone a speaker’s voice and sync their lips, all in an 'authentic speaking style.' 

HeyGen states it is a member of the Content Authenticity Initiative, which promotes 'authentic storytelling' and 'promotes transparency' in the use of AI.

Developer: HeyGen
Country: Bangladesh; China; Russia; Ukraine; USA
Sector: Multiple
Purpose: Generate video
Technology: Text-to-video
Issue: Safety

Risks and harms 🛑

HeyGen products have been used to clone creative artists and influencers without permission, and manipulate public opinion during political elections.

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Type: System
Published: April 2024
Last updated: May 2024