Hollywood’s AI Battle Rages On ⭐️

Featuring An AI Clause In Hollywood Strike, Doodle to Image Capabilities, Associated Press x OpenAI and More.

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In this edition:

✍️ News: Hollywood’s AI Battle Rages On
🛠️ Tools: Stable Doodle, Jasper
🎨 Creator Corner: Ranking US Presidents by Absorption, Midjourney Improvements, Tiny People Making Food

Here’s everything you need to know:

One top headline in the AI space to know:

⭐️ Hollywood Strikes Rages On With AI At The Forefront

Just weeks ago, our feature story highlighted celebrities like Carmelo Anthony, Jack Nicklaus, and Neymar leveraging their digital likeness for new marketing avenues.

The latest season of Black Mirror even portrayed Salma Hayek lending her digital likeness to the fictional streaming service Streamberry.

This exact scenario is now becoming reality in Hollywood amid raging strikes, while the boundary between real-life actors and AI-generated performances begins to blur.

Actors are joining screenwriters on the picket line today, with AI at the forefront of the battle.

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers released a statement Thursday which mentioned a “a groundbreaking AI proposal that protects actors’ digital likenesses for SAG-AFTRA members.”

Behind the technology is AI company Metaphysic — using data capture to digitally immortalize actors and creating a digital asset capable of performing in future films without the need for physical presence on set.

"Preserving their likeness and accumulating different data sets for future performance creation is becoming a trend among many actors," said Metaphysic's CEO Tom Graham. He believes this digital encapsulation will soon be an indispensable asset for every performer.

Yet, the thrilling potential of this technology raises crucial questions: How is an actor's digital likeness preserved? Who has access to it? Who profits from its use?

SAG-AFTRA, the union representing actors, has voiced concerns. "We're not anti-AI," assures SAG-AFTRA chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland. But he emphasizes the need for stringent safeguards to ensure the captured data is used appropriately and protected from misuse — safeguards he believes are notably absent in the current landscape.

Are we about to witness an AI-driven revolution in Hollywood, where the use of artificial intelligence becomes the norm? Or will this push actors to join writers on the picket lines as they seek a fair deal in this rapidly transforming industry?

One thing is certain: The curtain has just risen on an entirely new act in the Hollywood strike drama.

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

— FTC Investigates OpenAI Over Data Leak, ChatGPT Inaccuracy (link)
— Opinion: Human Beings Are Soon Going to Be Eclipsed (link)
— Associated Press, OpenAI Partner to Explore Generative AI in News (link)
— China Finalizes Rules Governing Generative AI Services (link)
— Google’s AI Chatbot Bard Expands to Brazil, Europe (link)

Two AI-powered platforms to add to your toolbox:

  • Stable Doodle — Sketch-to-image tool from Stability AI (link)

  • Jasper — AI content generator for teams (link)

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

“Create a table ranking the US presidents by absorbency” — a prompt that is as hilarious as it sounds:

This Midjourney comparison is wild. So much progress in a year:

Tiny people preparing food, via Reddit u/MelodicJellyBean:

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