OpenAI Pulls Scarlett Johansson-like Voice from ChatGPT

    OpenAI Pulls Scarlett Johansson-like Voice from ChatGPT
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    The Facts

    • A week after launching GPT-4o, the latest iteration of ChatGPT, creators OpenAI have pulled a voice used in the artificial intelligence (AI)-powered tool that many claimed sounded like Scarlett Johansson.

    • OpenAI CEO Sam Altman appeared to acknowledge the similarities, simply posting "her" on X (formerly Twitter) on May 13. Her is a 2013 movie in which Johansson voiced an AI virtual assistant.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    At a time when actors, entertainers, and content creators are worried about AI using their likeness without permission, it was wrong for OpenAI to utilize a voice that so closely resembles Johansson's. She's right to be upset and angered by this decision.

    Narrative B

    The Sky voice option in GPT-4o wasn't based on Johansson. It was the voice of an actor selected after a vigorous five-month process. The company values the voice acting industry, which is why ChatGPT's AI voices will never deliberately mimic a celebrity's distinctive voice.

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