Scarlett Johansson's statement on her interactions with Sam Altman

Here is Scarlett Johansson's statement from Monday:

“Last September I received an offer from Sam Altman, who wanted to hire me to voice the current ChatGPT 4.0 system. He told me that he felt that by giving voice to the system, I could bridge the gap between tech companies and creatives and help consumers feel comfortable with the sea change affecting humans and artificial intelligence. He said he felt my voice would be comforting to people. After much consideration and for personal reasons, I declined the offer. Nine months later, my friends, family, and the general public noticed how much the new system called “Sky” sounded like me.

“When I listened to the released demo, I was shocked, angry, and incredulous that Mr. Altman would pursue a voice that sounded so eerily similar to mine that my closest friends and news outlets couldn't tell the difference. Mr. Altman even implied that the resemblance was intentional, tweeting a single word, “she,” a reference to the film in which I voiced a chat system, Samantha, who forms an intimate relationship with a human.

“Two days before the release of the ChatGPT 4.0 demo, Mr. Altman contacted my agent, asking me to reconsider. Before we could connect, the system was already available. As a result of their actions, I was forced to hire a legal counsel, who wrote two letters to Mr. Altman and OpenAI, laying out what they had done and asking them to detail the exact process by which they had created the “Sky” entry. As a result, OpenAI reluctantly agreed to delete the “Sky” voice.

“In an era where we are all grappling with deepfakes and the protection of our image, our work, our identity, I believe these are questions that deserve absolute clarity. I look forward to a solution in the form of transparency and the passing of appropriate legislation to help ensure the protection of individual rights.”

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