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Scarlett Johansson takes aim at OpenAI following chatbot voice

The actress says she was approached by OpenAI to record lines but then denied the opportunity.

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OpenAI once again drew all eyes and ears to it when it debuted its new chatbot Sky recently. People immediately made connections between the chatbot's voice and that of the fake AI played by Scarlett Johansson in the film Her.

Even Sam Altman himself tweeted the word "her" as the chatbot was revealed. Scarlett Johansson herself has since made a statement on the matter, calling out OpenAI for imitating her voice. "When I heard the released demo, I was shocked, angered and in disbelief that Mr Altman would pursue a voice that sounded so eerily similar to mine," she wrote (thanks, BBC.)

"[Mr Altman] told me that he felt that by my voicing the system, I could bridge the gap between tech companies and creatives and help consumers to feel comfortable with the seismic shift concerning humans and AI," she continued, later revealing she turned down the offer, only to then hear a voice that sounded eerily like her own.

"In a time when we are all grappling with deepfakes and the protection of our own likeness, our own work, our own identities, I believe these are questions that deserve absolute clarity," she wrote.

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Altman responded, saying that the voice of Sky was never meant to sound like Johansson, but he has apologised for the company not communicating better, and has paused Sky for the sake of respect for Johansson.

Scarlett Johansson takes aim at OpenAI following chatbot voice


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