What is the controversy with OpenAI over the voice of its chatbot?

What is the controversy with OpenAI over the voice of its chatbot?
What is the controversy with OpenAI over the voice of its chatbot?

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OpenAI temporarily stopped using ChatGPT’s voice, known as Sky, to remember Scarlett Johansson, and He has denied that he tries to imitate heralthough the actress’s version is different and she even announced legal actions against the company.

With support for voice chat in ChatGPT, OpenAI offered users the possibility to choose between five voices for their interactions with this ‘chatbot’, each with “its own tone and distinctive character”, which are called of Breeze, Cove, Juniper, Sky and Ember.

Now, the company has decided to pause the use of Sky because It is reminiscent of Scarlett Johansson’s voice, as they address this issue, as confirmed on her X profile (formerly Twitter). He has also taken the opportunity to ensure that Sky’s voice is not an imitation of the interpreter, but rather “belongs to a different professional actress who uses her own natural voice.”

Supposedly, Choosing the people to voice the ‘chatbot’ required five months of work with “dubbing actors.” professionalstalent agencies, casting directors and industry advisors”, with the aim of finding a group of people who had diverse backgrounds or who spoke different languages, who had a timeless voice, who inspired confidence and who was natural and easy to hear.

Voice chat has been available since September last year for the mobile version (iOS and Android) of ChatGPT with the GPT 3.5 and GPT 4 large language models, waiting for OpenAI to also implement it in GPT-4o in the near future. weeks.

What did Scarlett Johansson say?

After learning of OpenAI’s decision, Johansson published a statement on social networks saying that the CEO of that company had sought her out to lend her voice to the chatbot and is now threatening legal action.

In her statement, the actress says that in September of last year she received an offer from Sam Altman to hire her as the voice of ChatGPT 4.0. “He told me that he felt that by expressing the system, he could bridge the gap between tech companies and creatives and help consumers get comfortable with the seismic shift affecting humans and AI. he felt that my voice would be comforting to people.”

The New York-born artist explains that she rejected the offer “for personal reasons” and that It took her by surprise when in recent days her family and friends noticed that the new AI voice sounded like her.

“When I heard the released demo, I was shocked, angry, and in disbelief that Mr. Altman went ahead with a voice that sounded so eerily similar to mine, so much so that my closest friends and the news media couldn’t tell the difference. (…) Mr. Altman even hinted that the similarity was intentional, tweeting a single word “Her,” a reference to the movie in which he dubbed a chat system, Samantha, who forms an intimate relationship with a human.” .

Johansson adds that “two days before the ChatGPT 4.0 demo was released, Mr. Altman contacted my agent and asked me to reconsider. Before we could connect, the system had launched.”

The actress decided to hire a lawyer to ask the company “to detail the exact process by which they created Sky’s voice. Consequently, OpenAl reluctantly agreed to remove Sky’s voice”.

Finally, he reflected on the limits of this technology and the lack of legislation that regulates it in the United States to protect jobs like his. “In a time when we are all dealing with the deepfakes and the protection of our own image, our own work, our own identities, I think these are issues that deserve absolute clarity. “I hope it is resolved in the form of transparency and the passing of appropriate legislation to help ensure individual rights are protected.”

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