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Scarlett Johansson Said No, but OpenAI’s Virtual Assistant Sounds Just Like Her

Posted on AllSides May 21st, 2024
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Haiyun Jiang for The New York Times

Days before OpenAI demonstrated its new, flirty voice assistant last week, the actress Scarlett Johansson said, Sam Altman, the company’s chief executive, called her agent and asked that she consider licensing her voice for a virtual assistant.

It was his second request to the actress in the past year, Ms. Johannson said in a statement on Monday, adding that the reply both times was no.

Despite those refusals, Ms. Johansson said, OpenAI used a voice that sounded “eerily similar to mine.” She has hired a lawyer and asked OpenAI to stop using...

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https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/20/technology/scarlett-johannson-openai-voice.html

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