Scarlett Johansson is still in shock after the similarities of the new ChatGPT with her voice in ‘Her’

Scarlett Johansson is still in shock after the similarities of the new ChatGPT with her voice in ‘Her’
Scarlett Johansson is still in shock after the similarities of the new ChatGPT with her voice in ‘Her’

While the actress calls for greater regulation of deepfakes, the company has decided to withdraw her voice

The lines between science fiction and reality continue to be crossed with the runaway advances of Generative Artificial Intelligence. If a couple of years ago some joked looking at the operation of the very intelligent, very natural ChatGPT and saying “this looks like ‘Her'”, for a short period of time this week, that has been very real.

A few days ago and after a demo that went around the world, ChatGPT launched version 4.0, a qualitative leap that now has natural voice chat. One of those voices, however, It is “eerily similar” to Scarlett Johansson in the film ‘Her’ (in which he plays a virtual voice assistant). The actress herself used those words days later in a statement shared with the press, denouncing that the new feature uses a clear copy of her voice.

“When I heard the demo, I was shocked, furious and in a state of disbelief, to see that Mr. Altman had searched for a voice that sounded so eerily similar to mine that my closest friends and the media couldn’t tell the difference

Too obvious a resemblance

Johansson is not alone in her statements. Since the announcement, the press and users echoed that the new voice ‘Sky’ (one of the five that has this function) was excessively similar to that of the actress in the science fiction film. The same company has toyed with this idea. In the demo, one of the workers asks the AI ​​to tell him a “robot-human love story.” Just two weeks ago, Sam Altman (CEO of the company) tweeted the word “her.”

But when push comes to shove and in the face of controversy, from OpenAI They said any resemblance was mere coincidence., and they clarified in an official post where the voices were coming from. This, in line with Johansson’s recent statements, was not the case. According to the actress, Altman contacted her months ago, and she refused.

Last September I received an offer from Sam Altman, who wanted to hire me to voice the current ChatGPT 4.0 system. He told me he believed that if I put a voice to the system, I could bridge the gap between tech companies and creatives and help consumers feel comfortable with the seismic shift taking place regarding humans and artificial intelligence. (…) After much consideration and for personal reasons, I declined the offer.

The company contacted her a second time, but on that occasion with very little room for the actress to respond, deciding to remove the product even without your consent.

“Two days before the ChatGPT 4.0 demo was released, Mr. Altman contacted my agent to ask me to reconsider. Before we could make contact, the system was already out. As a result of their actions, I have been forced to retain legal counselwho wrote two letters to Mr. Altman and OpenAI, laying out what they had done and asking them to detail the exact process by which they created the ‘Sky’ voice.”

These letters have been enough to intimidate the company that, for the moment and just a week after the demo, has retired the voice ‘Sky’. The company has done so “reluctantly,” in the words of Johansson, who could still seek legal action if she wanted, and who has also been very clear in her letter calling for anti-government laws. deepfakes.

It is not the first time that the actress has had to face non-consensual uses of AI with her image. And the recent strike of Hollywood actors had precisely as one of its allegations the use of AI in the profession. The more this technology advances, more ethical questions raised in the entertainment industry.

Image: Gage Skidmore

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