Scarlett Johansson told OpenAI not to use her voice — and she’s not happy they might have anyway

“Last September, I received an offer from Sam Altman, who wanted to hire me to voice the current ChatGPT 4.0 system. He told me he felt that by voicing the system, I could bridge the gap between tech companies and creatives and help consumers feel comfortable with the seismic shift regarding humans and AI . He said he thought my voice would comfort people.

After careful consideration and for personal reasons, I declined the offer. Nine months later, my friends, family and the general public have all noticed how much the new system called “Sky” looks like me.

When I heard the demo released, I was shocked, angry, and incredulous that Mr. Altman was pursuing a voice that sounded so eerily like mine that my closest friends and the media couldn’t tell the difference. Mr. Altman even insinuated that the similarity was intentional, tweeting a single word “she” — a reference to the film in which I voiced a cat system, Samantha, who forms an intimate relationship with a human.

Two days before the ChatGPT 4.0 demo was released, Mr. Altman contacted my agent to ask me to reconsider my decision. Before we could log in, the system was there.

As a result of their actions, I was forced to retain legal counsel, who wrote two letters to Mr. Altman and OpenAI, explaining what they had done and asking them to detail the exact process by which they created the voice “Sky”. Therefore, OpenAI reluctantly agreed to remove the “Sky” voice.

At a time when we are all grappling with deepfakes and protecting our own image, our own work, our own identity, I think these are questions that deserve absolute clarity. I look forward to a resolution in the form of transparency and the adoption of appropriate legislation to help ensure that individual rights are protected.

Gn entert
News Source : www.theverge.com


With a penchant for words, Eleon Smith began writing at an early age. As editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, he honed his skills telling impactful stories. Smith went on to study journalism at Columbia University, where he graduated top of his class.After interning at the New York Times, Smith landed a role as a news writer. Over the past decade, he has covered major events like presidential elections and natural disasters. His ability to craft compelling narratives that capture the human experience has earned him acclaim.Though writing is his passion, Eleon also enjoys hiking, cooking and reading historical fiction in his free time. With an eye for detail and knack for storytelling, he continues making his mark at the forefront of journalism.
Back to top button