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Today’s Menu

Appetizer: NBA unveils NB-AI 🏀

Entrée: Reddit is selling its data to train AI models 🦾

Dessert: Air Canada must pay refund promised by AI chatbot 🤖


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Q: Why didn’t Cinderella make her basketball team?

A: She ran away from the ball. 👸

What’s new? NBA Commissioner Adam Silver provided a glimpse into the future of fan engagement with the introduction of NB-AI at the league’s Tech Summit over the weekend.

What is NB-AI? The proposed interface promises a revolutionary way for basketball enthusiasts to interact with the sport using cutting-edge AI technology. Silver demonstrated the potential of NB-AI by conversing with an NBA-trained digital assistant capable of personalizing live game viewing experiences on the NBA app. In a striking example (above), the tool’s “movie mode” feature transformed a live basketball game into a dynamic spectacle reminiscent of a Spider-Man movie in real time, turning players into animated characters complete with dramatic music and digital effects. NB-AI also allows fans to seamlessly access real time information, such as information about players’ sneakers. NB-AI also allows fans to more easily track stats and create customizable highlights. This is just the beginning, as Silver has recently been discussing potential collaborations with Apple CEO Tim Cook to leverage Vision Pro headsets to explore a VR viewing experience for fans.

What’s the significance? The introduction of NB-AI is just the beginning of how AI is set to transform the viewing experience for fans of all backgrounds and interests. We should expect to see tools like this implemented across all kinds of sports in the near future, making for a more customizable and interactive viewing experience.


This story is interesting. Trust me, I already Reddit. 📚

What’s new? Reddit has entered into a content licensing agreement, allowing its unique content to be utilized in the training of AI models. The reported $60 million deal is with an undisclosed major AI company and has not yet been officially confirmed by Reddit.

The positive? Reddit’'s extensive repository of posts, comments, and discussions spanning various topics could serve as valuable training data for large language models (LLMs) or the foundation for new generative AI systems. The content on Reddit will undoubtedly make for a dynamic dataset which could prove vital to mimicking human behavior in conversations.

The negative? Despite the upside for training AI models, this move may trigger discontent among Reddit’s user base, already critical of the platform’s recent business decisions. For example, Reddit has faced opposition over plans to charge for API access, resulting in forum shutdowns and hacker threats. Other controversial actions, such as removing private chat logs and implementing automatic moderation features, have also added fuel to the fire. Although many Redditor’s have usernames that ensure their privacy, the reported data-selling deal may nonetheless intensify tensions between Reddit and its users.


Q: Why did the airplane get sent to his room?

A: Bad altitude. ✈️

What’s up? In a landmark case, a Canadian tribunal has ordered Air Canada to pay a refund to a passenger, promised by its online AI chatbot.

What is the case? The case revolves around Jake Moffatt, a Vancouver man who sought a bereavement discount through the airline’s chatbot after his grandmother’s passing in November, 2022. The chatbot assured him of a discount, payable post-flight, contrary to the airline’s official policy.

What was the ruling? Air Canada attempted to distance itself, arguing the chatbot is a “separate legal entity.” However, tribunal member Christopher Rivers dismissed this claim, asserting that Air Canada is accountable for all information on its website, whether from static pages or chatbots. Rivers ruled in favor of Moffatt, citing "negligent misrepresentation" and ordered Air Canada to pay the promised $483 refund plus nominal fees. This case serves as a beacon for companies employing AI chatbots to ensure rigorous training and policy restrictions.



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