AI and society

US court denies AI image copyright, but this ruling means little

Summary AI inventor Stephen Thaler has again failed in his attempt to enforce copyright on AI-generated content. However, the judge’s ruling provides a glimpse of the changes that may be needed in copyright law. Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled that an AI image cannot be copyrighted. The ruling upholds the U.S. …

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People like human art more than AI art

Summary A study looked at whether people prefer human-created artwork to AI-generated artwork. The answer is yes, but it’s complicated. For the two-phase study, researchers recruited 150 participants for each phase from online platforms and asked them to rate 30 AI artworks selected from the art platform “Artbreeder” in different categories (liking, beauty, profundity, and …

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Academic journals scramble to adapt as AI-assisted papers sneak into publications

Summary As the use of generative AI grows, academia is also getting its share of ChatGPT texts. Publishers and researchers are trying to develop policies and a path to a future where AI-assisted papers will be commonplace. In August 2022, the journal Resources Policy published a study on e-commerce and fossil fuels that included a …

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AI becomes the new traffic police, catching hundreds of UK drivers in the act

Summary As AI’s ability to see and categorize our real world grows, so do the possibilities for surveillance. This is as true for road traffic as it is for restaurants. For several months, Aecom and Acusensus have been testing a new AI surveillance system in the UK that can monitor the behavior of drivers and …

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Nvidia’s H100 GPU sells like hot cakes with high profit margins

Summary Nvidia’s new H100 GPU for artificial intelligence is in high demand, generating sizable profits for the company. The AI chip is seeing unprecedented interest from researchers and tech firms racing to build the next big generative AI model. Raymond James estimates that it costs Nvidia around $3,320 to manufacture an H100 GPU. With retail …

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Microsoft and Google dropouts launch AI offerings in Japan

Summary OpenAI, Google, Midjourney, Adobe, Microsoft – most of the big AI players are based in the US, especially on the West Coast. But Japan is also making waves. Two recent developments have put Japan, and especially its capital Tokyo, in the spotlight. Microsoft Japan is launching a secure version of OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI chatbot …

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AI financing gets creative as CoreWeave secures billions using Nvidia H100 GPUs as collateral

Summary The artificial intelligence industry is growing and maturing rapidly. As AI becomes more capital-intensive, companies are turning to creative forms of financing to fund expansion. Cloud computing company CoreWeave recently raised $2.3 billion in debt financing by using its Nvidia H100 GPUs as collateral. The lenders include major investment firms like Blackstone, BlackRock, and …

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The New York Times is taking steps to stop AI companies from using its content as training data

Summary The New York Times has updated its terms of service to prohibit the use of its content to train AI models. The publication also requires written permission for automated tools, such as website crawlers, to access or collect its content.  Although the reason for the update is unclear, it comes after Google gave itself …

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Supertone AI is an expressive text-to-audio platform that brings back Freddie Mercury’s voice

Summary Supertone AI is an expressive text-to-audio platform that claims to take on the publishing industry. Beyond text-to-speech Supertone’s technology represents a leap forward in traditional text-to-speech synthesis. The company has developed a proprietary speech synthesis technology called Nuvo. This not only speaks and sings, but also captures emotions. This technology enables the production of …

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The dream may be dead, but here’s how LK-99 would’ve changed AI

Newsletter As the dream of LK-99 faded, I asked a quantum computing expert what a room-temperature superconductor would mean for classical computing, quantum computing, AI – and what he thinks of the would-be wonder material. Researchers in Korea recently reported achieving superconductivity at room temperature and ambient pressure in a new material called LK-99. If …

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