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Scarlett Johansson says she's 'shocked, angered and in disbelief' claiming OpenAI cloned


Scarlett Johansson says she 'was shocked, angered and in disbelief' claiming that the company OpenAI took her voice without her consent for a new ChatGPT project.

The Academy Award-nominated actress, 39, issued a statement via her publicist Marcel Pariseau to NPR, explaining the issue in detail on Monday.

Johansson said that after she declined a deal to let the company use her voice, they went ahead and used a voice indistinguishable from her own. 

'Last September, I received an offer from Sam Altman, who wanted to hire me to voice the current ChatGPT 4.0 system, ' the New York City native said. 'He told me that he felt that by my voicing the system, I could bridge the gap between tech companies and creatives and help consumers to feel comfortable with the seismic shift concerning humans and Al.

'He said he felt that my voice would be comforting to people. After much consideration and for personal reasons, declined the offer.'

Johansson, who provided her voice for the role of an AI named Samantha in the 2013 film Her, said that less than a year later, it was apparent that the company forged ahead with their plans involving her voice.

'Nine months later, my friends, family and the general public all noted how much the newest system named "Sky" sounded like me,' Johansson said. 'When I heard the released demo, I was shocked, angered and in disbelief that Mr. Altman would pursue a voice that sounded so eerily similar to mine that my closest friends and news outlets could not tell the difference.

'Mr. Altman even insinuated that the similarity was intentional, tweeting a single word "her" - a reference to the film in which I voiced a chat system, Samantha, who forms an intimate relationship with a human.'