August 4, 2023
Talk about trite scripts and cliché storylines… the first two articles below are about two big Hollywood stars, SAG-AFTRA President (and The Nanny star) Fran Drescher, and Filmmaker (and Family Ties star) Justine Bateman, who are both lamenting the advent of AI as well as offering dire predictions about how it will impact the creation and production of content.
Then, there are a couple of stories about Apple and Amazon, both emphasizing that the tech giants are “all in” on AI.
For reference: In 2022, the estimated total global revenue was $77 billion for the entire film industry and USD 94 billion for the entire television industry. In 2022, Apple’s reported revenue was USD 394 billion and Amazon’s reported revenue was USD 514 billion.
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Today’s Most Interesting Stories
SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher Says AI Is A “Deadly Cocktail” That Threatens To “Poison” Hollywood
Alongside the release of AAPL earnings for Q3 2023, Tim Cook is also touting the company’s investment in generative AI technology. In an interview with Reuters, Cook said that Apple has been “doing research across a wide range of AI technologies, including generative AI, for years.”
“Every single one” of Amazon’s businesses has “multiple generative AI initiatives going right now,” Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said on the company’s Q2 2023 earnings call on Thursday. The company offers infrastructure and services via AWS that can help power many generative artificial intelligence applications, which Jassy did discuss on the call, but he also stressed just how important AI is across the company as a whole.
Can you name the three most famous Impressionist artists? Or describe the color palette and techniques that define Color Field Painting or Naive Art? Your ability to answer these questions will have a big impact on your experience with text-to-image generators like Midjourney. But what if you haven’t been to art school or spent years studying art history?
When Sinéad Griffin of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California had some new findings to share about a seemingly magical material that has made users of Twitter go gaga, she did not have to do much to gain a lot of attention. The unusual material, named LK-99, has been presented to the world as a superconductor that would carry electricity at room temperatures with zero resistance.
In a stunning display of AI prowess, Meta AI has introduced AudioCraft, a single-stop code base that does an impressive job of composing, arranging, orchestrating, producing and playing music. AudioCraft is not just an AI that can mimic a melody. It’s a sophisticated system that can create music, sound effects, and even handle audio compression.
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