OpenAI pauses ChatGPT voice that resembles Scarlett Johansson

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The sound sounded "eerily similar" to that of nan actress.

OpenAI paused 1 of its ChatGPT voices aft questions were raised astir really it was created, pinch character Scarlett Johansson saying it sounded "eerily similar" to her ain voice.

Johansson, who voiced an AI adjunct successful nan 2013 movie "Her," wrote successful a connection that OpenAI CEO Sam Altman had approached her successful September to sound ChatGPT to span a spread betwixt creatives and tech companies. She declined Altman's offer.

“When I heard nan released demo, I was shocked, angered and successful disbelief that Mr Altman would prosecute a sound that sounded truthful eerily akin to excavation that my closest friends and news outlets could not show nan difference,” Johansson said.

OpenAI “reluctantly” agreed to return down nan Sky sound aft she hired lawyers who wrote Altman letters asking astir nan process by which nan institution came up pinch nan voice, Johansson added.

The San Francisco-based institution first launched sound capabilities for ChatGPT successful September.

Last week, OpenAI unveiled nan latest exemplary update GPT-4o which it says useful faster crossed text, audio and video.

Altman moreover appeared to reference nan 2013 movie successful which Johansson played an AI assistant, posting nan connection “her” connected nan societal media level X connected nan time of GPT-4o's unveiling.

'Not an imitation'

In a blog station connected Monday, OpenAI attempted to explain really nan voices for nan AI exemplary were created.

"Each of nan voices—Breeze, Cove, Ember, Juniper and Sky—are sampled from sound actors we collaborated pinch to create them," nan institution said, adding that they had submissions from hundreds of sound and surface actors.

They went connected to explicate that AI voices "should not deliberately mimic a celebrity's unique voice".

"Sky’s sound is not an imitation of Scarlett Johansson but belongs to a different master character utilizing her ain earthy speaking voice," OpenAI said.

"To protect their privacy, we cannot stock nan names of our sound talents," they added.

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