Elon Musk responds to claims that ChatGPT imitated the voice of Scarlett Johansson

By Consultants Review Team Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Elon Musk has frequently expressed concerns about the artificial intelligence (AI) field's rapid advancement and the potential risks the technology poses to people. Last year, Musk was one of the IT gurus who demanded a moratorium on AI development, citing potential threats to civilization. Musk has also previously criticized ChatGPT for being "too woke" and has never really refrained from sharing his thoughts on how the AI tool may end up being detrimental. Now, OpenAI was recently involved in a scandal, and Musk responded to it quickly.

Actress Scarlett Johansson of Hollywood filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, claiming that ChatGPT had imitated her voice. In response to the problem, Musk said in a tweet on X that it appeared to be something from a Black Mirror episode. For those who are unaware, Black Mirror is a science fiction web series available on Netflix that explores the risks associated with technology and how it might endanger humankind.

Returning to the tweet, Musk answered a story about Johansson's confrontation with OpenAI. "Black Mirror irl (again)" is what he wrote.

Despite her refusal to give her voice, Johansson claimed on Monday that OpenAI utilized a voice that was "eerily similar" to hers for their ChatGPT 4o chatbot. The actress claimed that OpenAI CEO Sam Altman contacted her in September of last year because he thought her voice may contribute in bridging the divide between the public and technology.

She continued by saying that, after nine months, her relatives and acquaintances had noticed the striking similarity between her voice and ChatGPT 4o's "Sky." Recently, OpenAI unveiled ChatGPT 4o, showcasing its enhanced voice chat features, which included five unique voices, including Sky's.

After hearing the demo, Johansson voiced her amazement and bewilderment, which prompted her to seek legal advice. Her attorneys reached out to OpenAI to inquire about the "Sky" voice's production process. In response to Johansson's criticism, Altman assured NBC News that Sky was not a parody of Johansson's voice, and OpenAI subsequently decided to discontinue using the "Sky" voice.

He continued by saying that a professional actor recorded the voice, and for privacy concerns, the actor's name cannot be revealed. The voice actress behind Sky's voice was chosen before reaching out to Ms. Johansson. We have temporarily stopped utilizing Sky's voice in our goods out of respect for Ms. Johansson. We apologize to Ms. Johansson for our poor communication," Altman remarked.

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