Speaking about the scam created using AI simulation, the mother said "It was completely her voice. It was her inflection. It was the way she would have cried."
DeStefano, who was at her other daughter's dance studio at the time, kept him talking while a fellow mother called her husband and the police.
Luckily, she was able to confirm her daughter was safe on the skiing trip – and it was in fact a chilling scam.
What was surprising for the mother was that Brie hadn't put he voice on her social media accounts. "She has a few public interviews for sports/school that have a large sampling of her voice," she said.
"However, this is something to be extra concerned with kids who do have public accounts."
Subbarao Kambhampati, a computer science professor and AI authority at Arizona State University, said: "Now there are ways in which you can do this with just three seconds of your voice. Three seconds. And with the three seconds, it can come close to how exactly you sound."
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