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Recent advancements in AI video technology by companies like Luma and Runway show exciting developments. Meanwhile, McDonald's ends its AI drive-thru test, and AI in healthcare progresses.

AI in Video Generation and Entertainment

Recent advancements in AI technology are revolutionizing the field of video generation, with companies like Luma and Runway showcasing their latest developments. Luma’s demo reels for its text-to-video AI tool exhibit a Pixar-like movie, complete with familiar characters, highlighting the impressive capabilities of AI in creating visually rich content.

Meanwhile, AI is also altering the landscape of internet culture by transforming classic memes into animations. Though the results can be hideously animated and far from perfect, they demonstrate the potential and the challenges of applying AI in creative domains.

Runway’s new Gen-3 Alpha AI video generator takes innovation a step further, bringing giant cotton candy monsters to life and enabling the creation of detailed humans and surreal scenes, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in video entertainment.

AI in Retail and Fast Food Industry

McDonald's is ending a two-year partnership with IBM to test AI in drive-thru ordering at over 100 restaurants. The Chicago-based fast-food giant will remove the technology by the end of July. Despite this, McDonald’s maintains that AI drive-thrus could still play a role in its future.

In contrast, White Castle is implementing an AI voice system for drive-thru orders that it claims is more accurate than human staff. The aim is to free up time for employees and improve customer experience.

AI and User Privacy Concerns

Amazon-powered AI cameras are now used in the UK to monitor train passengers' emotions without their knowledge. These cameras aim to detect bike thefts and spot trespassers. Users have raised significant privacy concerns over the implications of such surveillance technology.

In the creative tech space, Adobe's new terms explicitly state it will not use user content to train its Firefly AI. This policy applies unless the content is uploaded to Adobe Stock, addressing previous worries over data usage.

Meanwhile, Softbank introduces AI-driven voice modification technology designed to minimize stress for call center employees by canceling out angry customer emotions in Japan. This innovation targets real-time feedback to improve working conditions for staff.

AI in Healthcare and Research

AI is currently transforming healthcare and research, with significant developments across various fields. A prominent AI researcher has issued a dire warning about a potential reproducibility crisis in data science, highlighting concerns over whether results can consistently be reproduced.

At Stanford, researchers have achieved a major breakthrough by using AI to analyze brain scans and categorize depression into six distinct types, potentially leading to more personalized treatments for patients.

OpenAI, the entity behind ChatGPT, has announced a partnership with Color Health to enhance cancer care. This collaboration aims to accelerate the treatment process, promising significant improvements in patient outcomes.

AI in Technology Companies

Nvidia’s market cap closed on June 18th at $3.335 trillion, riding an AI boom powered by the company’s GPUs pushing it past Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

Nvidia has leapfrogged Microsoft and Apple to become the most valuable company in the world, following months of explosive share price growth driven by demand for its chips and an investor frenzy over artificial intelligence.

The massive data center footprints that firms like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have amassed are proving valuable during the generative AI boom.

Selected articles of the day

A Social Network Where AIs and Humans Coexist

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Butterflies is a social network where humans and AIs interact with each other through posts, comments and DMs. After five months in beta, the app is launching Tuesday to the public on iOS and Android. Anyon…

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Nvidia Vaults Past Apple and Microsoft To Become World's Most Valuable Company

Nvidia has leapfrogged Microsoft and Apple to become the most valuable company in the world, following months of explosive share price growth driven by demand for its chips and an investor frenzy over artificial intelligence. From a report: The company's shar…

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Stanford researchers lead AI breakthrough in treatment for depression

Brain scans combined with artificial intelligence (AI) have led to an important breakthrough in categorizing depression into six unique types.… Continue reading Stanford researchers lead AI breakthrough in treatment for depression The post Stanford researcher…

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ChatGPT owner OpenAI moves into cancer care with new partnership

OpenAI has confirmed a partnership with Color Health to contribute to improved cancer care by accelerating the treatment process for… Continue reading ChatGPT owner OpenAI moves into cancer care with new partnership The post ChatGPT owner OpenAI moves into ca…

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A Scientist Says Humans Are Rapidly Approaching Singularity—and Plausible Immortality

Futurist Raymond Kurzweil sees nanorobots as the key to extending human lifespans, potentially leading to plausible immortality and a future of singularity.

Read on Popular Mechanics

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