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Authors, Literary Community Rebel Against AI 📚

Featuring a High-Profile Petition, AI used in Trump Attack Ad, 2030 Conspiracy Theories and More.

Good morning, AI explorers!

Welcome to another edition of AI Authority, delivering all of the top groundbreaking AI news shaping our world into a bite-sized newsletter every weekday morning.

As always, we’ve got one daily AI headline, two exciting tools, and three pieces of content we love from the community for you today.

In this edition:

✍️ News: Authors Fight For AI Copyright Changes
🛠️ Tools: StockIMG Text Styles, Wix
🎨 Creator Corner: GPT Color Palettes, 2030 Conspiracy Theories, ChatGPT Self-Portrait

Here’s everything you need to know:

One top headline in the AI space to know:

📚 AI and Authors Clash in Copyright Battle

Some of the world’s most prominent authors are taking a stand about the use of their work in AI training data.

The literary community, with prominent figures like Nora Roberts, Michael Chabon, and Margaret Atwood at the helm, is standing up to AI giants like OpenAI and Meta, — demanding compensation for the unauthorized usage of their content in an open letter gaining traction this week:

This latest move against AI marks a crucial point in the ongoing conflict between the two industries — and comes on the heels of both the AI backlash surrounding the ongoing Hollywood strikes and lawsuits filed by comedian Sarah Silverman against the major companies.

The Authors Guild's report reveals a bleak financial reality for writers — with the median income for a full-time writer last year at a meager $23,000 and a 42% decrease in writers' incomes between 2009 and 2019. And these alarming figures are further intensified by the emergence of AI applications like GPT-4 and Bard.

While the Guild hopes for a resolution without resorting to lawsuits (an expensive and time-consuming battle) other authors are ready to face the tech behemoths in court. And literary agents are even eyeing contracts with clauses prohibiting unauthorized AI use to better protect their clients.

Legislative action is also on the table, as authors and the publishing sector seek laws to govern how generative AI can be used. But as Harvard's Responsible AI Fellow Rumman Chowdhury puts it, the road ahead may be messy.

It’s unclear what the ultimate resolution is — or what a solution looks like that benefits creators while also allowing AI to train on the wealth of information on the Internet.

But this isn’t the first, and likely won’t be the last industry to openly rebel against AI’s use of its data.

Still hungry for more AI headlines? Some other news that caught our eye:

— Can AI Help Gen Z Workers Make Up Lost Ground? (link)
— DeSantis PAC uses AI-generated Trump Voice in Attack Ad (link)
— AI Fast-tracks Disease Risk Predictions (link)
— Race Towards Autonomous AI Agents Grips Silicon Valley (link)
— How AI Can Revolutionize Full Body Scans and Cancer Detection (link)

Two AI-powered platforms to add to your toolbox:

  • Text Styles by StockIMG — generate artistic text styles with AI (link)

  • Wix — Create templated websites with ease, now with new AI integrations (link)

Wix made some major AI-related announcements on Monday:

Three of our favorite tweets, threads, AI generations and more:

Some stunning GPT-generated color palettes from @HBCoop_:

ChatGPT comes up with conspiracy theories from the year 2030, via Reddit u/Philipp:

ChatGPT draws itself, with… Mixed results. Via Reddit u/ ThatRealG8L6:

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