Scarlett Johansson ‘furious’ after OpenAI chatbot mimics ‘her’ voice


Scarlett Johansson criticized OpenAI and founder Sam Altman on Monday, saying the AI ​​company, which makes ChatGPIT, created a new chatbot voice that sounded “extremely similar” to her voice because they modeled her voice into the system. The license was refused.

“When I heard the demo that was released, I was shocked, angry, and in disbelief that Mr. Altman would pursue a voice that sounded as scary as mine,” Johansson wrote in a statement published Monday by NPR.

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OpenAI showed off its latest AI model GPT-4 Omni (GPT-4o) last week. The company demonstrated how AI can interact in more human-like ways, with the ability to whisper, make sarcastic comments, and even flirt.

The performance of OpenAI’s virtual assistant drew comparisons to Johansson’s character in the 2013 film Her. In that film, directed by Spike Jonze, Johansson played Samantha, a virtual assistant who develops an intimate relationship with a lonely writer.

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On Sunday, OpenAI said it had suspended the use of its AI voice called Sky while it resolves questions related to the issue of its virtual assistant’s voice. Skye, who has been available since OpenAI launched ChatGPT’s voice mode last September, was one of five voices available with GPT-4o. In a blog post published on Sunday, OpenAI said it had not copied Johansson’s voice.

The company said, “We believe that AI voices should not intentionally mimic a celebrity’s distinctive voice – Skye’s voice is not an imitation of Scarlett Johansson, but a different professional actress using her natural speaking voice. Is it.” “To protect their privacy, we cannot share the names of our voice talents.”

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Altman reiterated the company’s stance on Monday. In a statement shared with CNET, the former OpenAI CEO said that Sky’s voice was “never intended to resemble” Johansson’s voice.

Altman said, “We included the voice actor behind Skye’s voice before we reached out to Ms. Johansson. Out of respect for Ms. Johansson, we have discontinued the use of Skye’s voice in our products.” “We are sorry to Ms. Johansson that we did not communicate better.”

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In his statement, Johansson accused the company of altman Deliberately imitating his voice. The American actor said that Altman approached him in September to voice GPT-4O to help consumers “get comfortable with the seismic shift related to humans and AI”, with Altman saying that his The voice will be “comfortable for people”. Johansson, who declined the initial offer for personal reasons, said that Altman had contacted her agent again a few days before the May event, requesting that she license her voice to a virtual assistant. Reconsider giving.

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“The system was already in place before we joined,” Johansson said in a statement. He said he was “forced” to hire legal counsel, who has written to Altman demanding transparency in the process of hiring voice talent.

In choosing the AI ​​voices, OpenAI’s blog post said, the company narrowed down more than 400 submissions from voice and screen actors to just five whose voices had “an approachable voice that inspires confidence,” “Feels timeless”. And it’s “natural and easy to listen to.”

The legal threat by Johansson comes as OpenAI grapples with a series of copyright violations by creative industries spanning Hollywood as well as the broader media industry. In April, a group of eight daily newspapers took legal action against OpenAI and Microsoft, filing suit alleging copyright infringement related to the unauthorized use of their articles for training AI models.

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