Will OpenAI re-add the "Sky" voice by the end of 2024?
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OpenAI has "paused" the Sky voice. Will it unpause it by the end of the year? It will still count as the same voice if it is broadly the same as the first version, and whether or not it has the same name.

See this question for a shorter-term bet:

And some context and analysis:

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/scarlett-johansson-reacts-openai-similar-voice-org-pauses/story?id=110420930

“The voice of Sky is not Scarlett Johansson's, and it was never intended to resemble hers,” Altman said. “We cast the voice actor behind Sky’s voice before any outreach to Ms. Johansson.”

“Out of respect for Ms. Johansson, we have paused using Sky’s voice in our products,” he added. “We are sorry to Ms. Johansson that we didn’t communicate better.”

Analysis:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2024/05/22/openai-scarlett-johansson-chatgpt-ai-voice

Several factors go against OpenAI, he said, namely Altman’s tweet and his outreach to Johansson in September and May. “It just begs the question: It’s like, if you use a different person, there was no intent for it to sound like Scarlett Johansson. Why are you reaching out to her two days before?” he said. “That would have to be explained.”

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In a statement from the Sky actress provided by her agent, she wrote that at times the backlash “feels personal being that it’s just my natural voice and I’ve never been compared to her by the people who do know me closely.”

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