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Scarlett Johansson considers legal action against OpenAI for voice similarity. Anthropic maps neural network processes. US collaborates globally on AI risks. Adobe, OpenAI, Amazon, and Humane announce significant updates.

Scarlett Johansson vs OpenAI

Scarlett Johansson is considering legal action against OpenAI, claiming the company has developed a voice for its personal assistant that sounds “eerily similar” to hers. This may constitute a breach of her right to publicity.

The controversy has drawn parallels to the practices of Silicon Valley's previous tech giants. Notably, Elon Musk commented, likening the situation to the TV series "Black Mirror".

Johansson’s legal team has demanded that OpenAI disclose how they replicated her voice. If this dispute escalates, it could further erode public trust in OpenAI, already criticized for acting without permission.

Anthropic's Neural Network Breakthrough

Anthropic's researchers have made a groundbreaking discovery in the field of artificial intelligence. By developing a method to peer inside neural networks, they have managed to map out how these systems function. This conceptual mapping could explain why large language models (LLMs) behave the way they do.

This advancement not only enhances our understanding of AI's internal processes, but it also paves the way for the development of safer AI systems. The ability to look inside and dissect the workings of neural networks addresses the longstanding issue of AI being a black box, even to its creators.

Global AI Safety Efforts

The US is collaborating internationally to manage AI risks, with Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo highlighting partnerships with the UK, Japan, and Canada. This global effort aims to mitigate risks posed by artificial intelligence.

Europe’s landmark rules on AI will take effect next month, following approval from EU countries. These regulations set a potential global benchmark for AI governance, reflecting a significant move in technological oversight.

At a recent Seoul summit, over a dozen top AI companies committed to new safety measures. This pledge underscores a unified approach to addressing AI safety at an international level.

Generative AI Tools in Tech Products

Adobe Lightroom is integrating new generative AI tools, including a magic eraser, to simplify photo editing for both seasoned professionals and novices. This tool can intelligently remove unwanted elements from images, enhancing user experience and productivity.

OpenAI has reached a landmark licensing deal with News Corp, granting access to content from The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. This agreement will bolster OpenAI's training datasets, enhancing the capabilities of its AI models.

Amazon is reportedly launching a generative AI version of Alexa later this year. The new upgrade will come with a separate monthly subscription fee, highlighting Amazon's strategic push to stay competitive in the rapidly evolving AI landscape.

Humane AI's Potential Sale

Humane, the AI start-up famous for its wearable pin, is seeking a potential buyer following rocky sales. According to Bloomberg, the company, valued at $850 million in 2023, hired a financial adviser to aid in the process.

This move comes just weeks after the company's highly anticipated wearable AI device experienced a disastrous launch. Sources familiar with the matter disclosed the news, highlighting the urgency behind Humane's decision to sell.

Selected articles of the day

EU Sets Benchmark For Rest of the World With Landmark AI Laws

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Europe's landmark rules on artificial intelligence will enter into force next month after EU countries endorsed on Tuesday a political deal reached in December, setting a potential global benchmark for a techn…

Read on Slashdot.org

Bumble's CEO says AI could give you fewer matches — but better ones

Bumble wants to use generative AI to figure out how users actually interact with others. That could lead to fewer but better matches, its CEO says.

Read on Business Insider

Elon Musk waded in on Scarlett Johansson's dispute with OpenAI, and couldn't resist throwing shade at his tech rival

The OpenAI cofounder said the use of a voice for ChatGPT that was "eerily similar" to Johansson's was like something out of TV series "Black Mirror."

Read on Business Insider

Godfathers of AI warn we may ‘lose control’ of AI systems without intervention

Two ‘godfathers’ of AI add their voices to a group of experts warning there’s potential to lose control of AI… Continue reading Godfathers of AI warn we may ‘lose control’ of AI systems without intervention The post Godfathers of AI warn we may ‘lose control’…

Read on ReadWrite

No One Truly Knows How AI Systems Work. A New Discovery Could Change That

A new breakthrough by researchers at Anthropic allows them to peer inside neural networks, paving the way for safer AI systems.

Read on Time

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