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The ChatGPT platform will change the voices that work together with its customers, synthetic intelligence large OpenAI introduced on Monday. American actress Scarlett Johansson accuses the corporate of getting copied her voice despite the fact that she had refused a suggestion to collaborate.

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A voice that appears precisely like that of Scarlett Johansson: ChatGPT will change its tone, introduced the corporate OpenAI, which the actress accuses, in addition to its basic director, Sam Altman, of getting voluntarily and at her discretion. unknowingly copied his voice.

“We have heard the questions about how we chose the voices for ChatGPT,” OpenAI, the corporate that developed ChatGPT, identified on Monday May 20 on X (previously Twitter). Therefore, “we are working to suspend the use of Sky (which interacts vocally with Internet users, Editor’s note) while we respond,” specifies the corporate.

“Sky's voice is in no way an imitation of that of Scarlett Johansson”, nevertheless assured OpenAI in an article posted on its weblog, guaranteeing that it had been developed primarily based on the voices of various actresses. But the actress accuses OpenAI and its basic director, Sam Altman, of getting intentionally copied her voice, with out her information, forcing her to rent a lawyer with a purpose to receive the modification.

“Last September, I received an offer from Sam Altman, who wanted to hire me to be the voice of the current ChatGPT 4.0 system,” she stated on this press launch late Monday. “He said he thought my voice would comfort people,” she detailed, stressing that she then “declined the offer”.


“When I heard the demo released, I was shocked, angry and in disbelief that Mr. Altman had developed a voice that sounded so eerily like mine that my closest friends and the media could not do the difference,” says the actress. She adds that “Mr. Altman even insinuated that the similarity was intentional, by tweeting a single phrase, 'she'.” Scarlett Johansson had in fact embodied the voice of the artificial intelligence system in the film “Her”, from which the creators of ChatGPT have not hidden their inspiration.

The actress explains that she was then “pressured to rent authorized counsel, who wrote two letters to Mr. Altman and OpenAI, (…). Consequently, OpenAI reluctantly agreed to take away the 'Sky' voice” .

OpenAI, the company that launched ChatGPT, announced Monday that it was working on a modification of the digital voice intended to respond to Internet users, while the latter expressed the impression of being dealing with the actress Scarlett Johansson
OpenAI, the corporate that launched ChatGPT, introduced Monday that it was engaged on a modification of the digital voice supposed to answer Internet customers, whereas the latter expressed the impression of being coping with the actress Scarlett Johansson © Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP/Archives

“At a time when we are all struggling with 'deepfakes' and protecting our own image, our own work, our own identity, I think these issues deserve absolute clarity,” she additional lamented, saying he was “impatiently” ready for “appropriate legislation to help ensure the protection of individual rights” to be adopted.

OpenAI, for its half, detailed the way it labored, with skilled actors, to create a number of digital voices, which it known as Breeze, Cove, Ember, Juniper and, due to this fact, Sky.

New voices coming

This announcement comes days after OpenAI introduced it was disbanding its staff whose mission was to mitigate the attainable long-term risks of overly clever AI.

The announcement was marked by the departure of one of many firm's co-founders, Ilya Sutskever, in addition to the pinnacle of the staff, Jan Leike. “OpenAI must become a company that puts the safety of general AI above all other considerations,” Jan Leike wrote Friday on X. Sam Altman expressed his remorse at seeing him go away, including that he “is right, we must “doing more is our goal.”

Scarlett Johansson at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, April 27, 2024
Scarlett Johansson on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, April 27, 2024 © Drew ANGERER / AFP

The firm offered on Monday the brand new model of its flagship product, with GPT-4o, with improved efficiency and habits that’s supposed to be nearer to people, additionally making it free for all customers.

“In the future, you should expect even more options as we plan to add voices to ChatGPT to better meet diverse user interests and preferences,” OpenAI added on its weblog.

With AFP