#51 Marvel fans furious over AI in opening credits
AND: AI to automate 80% of women's jobs
41°43′57′′ N, 49°56′49′′ W. These are the precise coordinates of where the Titanic’s bow is, resting on the ocean floor for the past 111 years. They’re also the headings for the Titan, OceanGate Expeditions submersible, before it tragically imploded on Monday earlier this week. In a world where a Zuck v. Musk cage fight is set to become an imminent reality, let us give a moment’s silence for those who perished at 41°43′57′′ N, 49°56′49′′ W, both in 1912 and 2023.
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Top News: Marvel fans aren’t marveling, robots learning from YouTube and Stability AIs new model is, no hyperbole, mind-blowing (MUST SEE)
TL;DR Rundown: Female jobs to be AI-automated (their words not mine), Inflection launches competitor to Google, and how to avoid an AI scam
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Created by Stan Lee, the famous Marvel brand of superheroes is now the world’s highest-grossing movie franchise, totaling $28.5B earned over 32 films. The franchise has some of the most fanatical followers you’ll find, but “Secret Invasion,” Marvel’s latest release, has fans furious. Why? Because AI generated the footage for the opening credits.
Creators aren’t happy about it either, with Marvel comic artist Christian Ward tweeting, “For Marvel, whose whole empire is built on the work of artists, to do this is disgusting, and I for one, shan’t be watching.” Personally, I’m dubious as to whether or not Ward will or will not watch the series (intuition tells me curiosity will get the better of him), but the writing is on the wall - filmmakers and studios are more than willing to test the waters for mass adoption AI content. I feel this is only the beginning.
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Learned to play a new song on guitar? How about a new delicious breakfast recipe, or perhaps you’ve been fixing the kitchen sink? If you’re anything like me, then YouTube will be your first port of call. The stuff humans can learn from YouTube, is, well, basically limitless. But it’s not just humans learning anymore. The CMU Robotics Institute is using YouTube videos as teaching material for robots learning new tasks using the system “Vision-Robotics Bridge (VRB)”.
Assistant professor Deepak Pathak explains, “Robots can use this model to curiously explore the world around them. Instead of just flailing its arms, a robot can be more direct with how it interacts,” (after observing the task first via YouTube video).
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If HD isn’t good enough for you, then perhaps images created by SDXL 0.9 will be. The program takes text-to-image to an entirely different level, with more intuitive prompts giving more realistic outputs. Some of the stuff is TRULY incredible - you should really take a look (if only to better understand how easy it is going to be to manipulate imagery in the present/near future).
TL;DR Rundown 🐂
Summary of note-worthy trending articles
People who are paid to train AI models are outsourcing their work…to AI. (link)
Samuel L. Jackson isn’t having it: He refuses to be replaced by AI in movies after he dies. (link)
According to a (bit of a risky) study, more than 80% of “female'“ jobs will be automated by AI. (link)
YouTube is getting an upgrade, with AI-powered dubbing. (link)
US-based generative AI job postings are up 20% in May. (link)
“Use a safe word” (this isn’t kinky…): A cybersecurity expert offers insight on protecting your family from AI scams. (link)
Bringing people together to inform decision-making on generative AI. (link)
Introducing Dropbox Dash, an AI-powered universal search. (link)
Watch out Google: Inflection debuts its own foundation AI model to rival Google and OpenAI LLMs. (link)
AWS launches $100M program to fund generative AI initiatives. (link)
Kibsi raises $9.3M for its no-code computer vision platform. (link)
Acryl Data raises $21M to grow its enterprise data catalog platform. (link)
Google’s Duet AI can generate custom templates in Sheets. (link)
Mercedes hopes ChatGPT will reveal how drivers talk to their cars. (link)
Nvidia facing trouble for paying rock-bottom taxes in the US. (link)
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