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Scarlett Johansson ‘shocked’ and ‘angered’ over ChatGPT voice that sounds ‘eerily similar’ to hers

Scarlett Johansson says she was “shocked” and “angry” that OpenAI’s new ChatGPT feature felt “eerily similar” to her, and the tech company told her to use her own voice. revealed that he had declined the offer.

The Marvel star said she was approached about hiring her to voice the new AI voice assistant nine months ago, and slammed the tech company and its CEO, Sam Altman. According to a statement sent to Page Six.


Scarlett Johansson was left “shocked” and “angry” by a new ChatGPT voice that sounded eerily similar to her own. Getty Images

“He said he felt that by speaking out about systems, I could bridge the gap between tech companies and creators and help consumers feel comfortable with the seismic shifts around humans and AI.” she said.

She ultimately rejected the offer “after much consideration and for personal reasons.”

Altman reportedly contacted Johansson’s agent two days before the voice assistant demo was due to be released to see if she would change her mind, but before the two could get together, the “sky” voice was heard.

“When I heard the public demo, I was shocked and angry, and I couldn’t believe that Mr. Altman would go after a voice so eerily similar to mine that close friends and the press couldn’t tell it apart.” ” she said in a statement. .

Johansson said that when Altman tweeted the word “girlfriend,” he implied that the similar voice was intentional, a reference to a 2013 video in which Altman played the voice of a chat system that established relationships with humans. This is a reference to the film of the same name.

OpenAI announced on Sunday that it had suspended its use of Sky audio amid questions about how it decided to use it. The company claimed to have used the voice of another actress, but did not reveal her name to protect her privacy.


OpenAI CEO Sam Altman at the microphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos
Johansson and her legal team are trying to find out who the voice is based on. AFP via Getty Images

“We believe that AI voices should not deliberately imitate the unique voices of celebrities. Skye’s voice is not an imitation of Scarlett Johansson, but rather the voice of another professional actress using her own natural speaking voice. We created it,” the company said in a blog post. “To protect privacy, the name of the voice actor cannot be published.”

But Johansson said in a statement Monday that he “reluctantly agreed” that OpenAI would remove the audio after his lawyer wrote two letters to Altman asking him to explain the “exact process” used to create the audio. I did,” he said.

“In a time when we are all grappling with deepfakes and protecting our likeness, our work, and our identities, I believe these are issues that need to be absolutely clear,” she said. Ta.

“We look forward to a solution in the form of transparency and appropriate legislation being passed to ensure that individual rights are protected.”

“Sky” is one of five voices used by OpenAI, and each voice was chosen through an extensive process, the company said.

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