Scarlett Johansson says she was forced to hire legal counsel to deal with Sam Altman and OpenAI

Scarlett Johansson criticized OpenAI for using her voice without consent. (REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier)

Hours later OpenAI will announce That will be suspended ChatGPT Voice He sounded like a Hollywood movie star Scarlett JohanssonThe actress released a statement saying that a lawyer had contacted her CEO OpenAI, Sam AltmanBefore the company removed its voice option “heaven”.

Johnson According to a statement published in XBefore TwitterThat Altman He contacted her last September 2023 and asked her to be a voice actress for his organization ChatGPT 4.0. Johansson played a voice role in the film her (she), a romantic drama about a character who falls in love with an artificial intelligence chatbot Samantha.

Altman said Johnson He can “bridge the gap between tech companies and creators and help consumers get comfortable with the seismic shift around humans and artificial intelligence.”

OpenAI removed the “Sky” voice option following letters from Johansson's lawyers. (AP/Michael Dwyer)

Johnson He refused the offer AltmanBut after nine months his friends, family and the public gave him a voice “heaven” It sounded like her.

“When I heard the demo, I was shocked, angry and incredulous,” Mr. Altman “I was looking for a voice that sounded so eerily similar to mine that my closest friends and the media couldn't tell the difference,” she said. Altman He hinted that it was a conscious choice, with a tweet of the single word “she”.

After contacting his lawyers OpenAI And Altman In two letters he asked for the exact details of how they arrived “heaven”, OpenAI He said he “reluctantly agreed” to get his voice back.

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“In a time we all face Deep fakes “The protection of our own image, our own work and our own identity, I believe these issues deserve complete clarity,” he concluded. Johnson.

Sam Altman said the voice of “Sky” was not Johansson's. (Sven Hopp/dpa)

Explanation of Johnson Hits the nail on the head with discussions of ambiguity and potential misuse AIThe chatbots And this Voice Cloning And video. Johnson When the company wanted to use his voice, instead, he did not give his consent. OpenAI Basically used his Voice clone. His statement came a few days later John LeakeHead of alignment OpenAI A team focused on AI security resigned from the company.

In a report on X, Like “Safety culture and processes have taken a backseat to shiny products,” Friday said OpenAI And he “disagrees with the direction OpenAI In the company's top priorities for some time, until we hit a breaking point.” His march followed Ilya SutzkeverCo-leader of the team “supervision” of OpenAI and Chief Scientist.

May 24, OpenAI Published in X He had “heard questions” about how he chose audio options for the chatbot and wanted to address them. The company has denied that the voice is based on it Johnson.

Johansson expressed her surprise and disbelief in openly voicing her voice online. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

“The voice of the sky It is not a reflection Scarlett Johanssonbut instead belongs to another professional actress who uses her own natural voice,” the company wrote. She said she could not share the names of her voice actors for privacy reasons. Reactions in Website Varies, but many mocked the tone the sky.

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In a statement Good luck, Altman The voice said the sky It is not Johnson “It was never intended to sound like yours. We chose the voice actor behind Skye's voice before communicating Johnson. OUT OF RESPECT TO MRS. JohnsonWe stopped using the voice the sky in our products. We regret not having better communication with Ms. Johnson”.

As reported BloombergChief Correspondent The Daily Show, Desi LitigHe said GPT-4.0 In a segment last week: “You can tell a man invented this technology.”

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