OpenAI pulls its Scarlett Johansson-like voice for ChatGPT

From The Verge: OpenAI is pulling the ChatGPT voice that sounds remarkably similar to Scarlett Johansson after numerous headlines (and even Saturday Night Live) noted the similarity. The voice, known as Sky, is now being put on “pause,” the company says.

“We believe that AI voices should not deliberately mimic a celebrity’s distinctive voice— Sky’s voice is not an imitation of Scarlett Johansson but belongs to a different professional actress using her own natural speaking voice,” OpenAI wrote this morning.

OpenAI CTO Mira Murati denied that the imitation of Johansson was intentional in an interview with The Verge last week. Even if Johansson’s voice wasn’t directly referenced, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman was seemingly already aware of the similarities, posting the single-word message “her” on X after the event. Altman has previously said that Spike Jonze’s Her, which features Scarlett Johansson voicing a sultry-sounding virtual assistant, is his favorite movie.

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