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Scarlett Johansson forces OpenAI to remove voice similar to hers

Scarlett Johansson pointed out that the company OpenAI, owner of the ChatGPT application, "reluctantly" agreed to pause the voice of the personal assistant Sky, which is "strangely similar" to that of the actress, after her lawyers sent two letters demanding to reveal the exact creation process, reported EFE.

“I was shocked, infuriated, and unbelievable that Mr. Altman would pursue a voice that sounded so eerily similar to mine that my closest friends and the media couldn't tell the difference,” the actress said via a statement addressed to the United States public broadcasting service (NPR, in English).

Last week OpenAI demonstrated the voice live and multiple users compared it to Johansson's in Spike Jonze's sci-fi romance film 'Her', in which she played OS Samantha.

They say it's not an imitation

OpenAI's own CEO, Sam Altman, posted on platform

Before Scarlett Johansson's statements, the technology company had announced the same day that it would pause the use of Sky's voice and detailed that it was not an imitation of the actress's voice, but the natural voice of another professional performer.

However, Johansson explained that Altman had contacted her in September 2023 with the offer to be the voice of Sky, something she declined after seriously considering it "for personal reasons."


They did not detail the process

He also narrated that two days before the new ChatGPT was presented, Altman contacted Johansson's team again, urging the actress to reconsider and that before they could give him a response, the company publicly launched the new product.

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

Johansson asked for “absolute clarity” for her questions, especially given the alarming moment the world is going through regarding the protection of work and identity in the face of Artificial Intelligence.

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