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The Week in AI: The actors walkout


The Week in AI

AI is AIwful

Hollywood’s big three labor unions went on strike. The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) voted to strike after failed negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The union seeks a fair deal on key issues, including compensation amid a shift to streaming and generative AI technology's impact on actors' livelihoods.


Oh no it AIn’t

Comedian Sarah Silverman and authors Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey sued OpenAI and Meta for copyright infringement, alleging their works were used to train AI models without permission. The plaintiffs claim the books were obtained from illegal "shadow library" websites. Shadow libraries, also known as "pirate libraries" are digital platforms that provide free access to copyrighted literature without the consent of the copyright holders.


Chinese walls

China released measures to regulate its AI industry, focusing on supporting development and ensuring security. The rules are less strict than earlier drafts, and require public-facing AI providers to submit security assessments. Enterprise-facing products are not subject to the same restrictions. The new legislation becomes effective from August 15.


Data probe

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US said it was investigating OpenAI over potential "unfair or deceptive privacy or data security practices" and possible harm to consumers. This probe requires unprecedented disclosure from OpenAI, which could potentially affect innovation in the AI sector.



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