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Good morning! I hope you have a big appetite, because Thursdays were made for thick-cut French fries and AI news. 🍟

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Today’s Menu

Appetizer: NASA’s new AI-powered rover 👨‍🚀

Entrée: New York Times sues Microsoft and OpenAI 👨‍⚖️

Dessert: Famous music producers call for regulation 🎶


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AI is heading to infinity and beyond! 🚀

What’s new? As NASA’s Artemis program propels humanity toward a historic return to the moon, the agency is harnessing the power of advanced AI to enhance their exploration. They have developed what is called the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER), a new AI-powered rover.

How does it work? VIPER navigates real-time complexities, enabling adaptability, flexibility, resilience, and efficiency in the challenging and unpredictable lunar terrain. Central to VIPER’s AI capabilities is the System Health Enabled Real-time Planning Advisor (SHERPA), which aids decision-making by offering route options and assessing risks through simulations. Its contributions are pivotal in planning VIPER’s 100-day mission, ensuring safe navigation across the moon’s south pole. SHERPA will also offer real-time mission adjustment recommendations throughout the mission.

What’s the significance? This collaboration between AI and humanity will be the first of its kind in space exploration, as VIPER sets the stage for future missions that seamlessly integrate these new AI technologies, propelling humanity further into the cosmos.


Talk is cheap until you hire a lawyer. 💸

What’s going on? The New York Times (NYT) has filed a lawsuit against tech giants OpenAI and Microsoft for alleged copyright infringement.

What is the lawsuit? The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, contends that millions of articles from the NYT were used to train automated chatbots, creating competition with the news outlet itself. OpenAI, valued at over $80 billion, and Microsoft, having committed $13 billion to OpenAI, have become key players in the AI tech sector, and much of it is due to this sort of (possibly unlawful) training. The complaint accuses the defendants of “free-riding” on the NYT’s substantial journalism investment, using its content without compensation to develop products that substitute for and divert audiences from the news outlet. The claim seeks unspecified damages, potentially reaching into billions of dollars, related to the “unlawful copying and use of The Times's uniquely valuable works.” Furthermore, it demands the destruction of any chatbot models and training data incorporating copyrighted material from the NYT.

What does this mean? This legal battle marks a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict surrounding the unauthorized utilization of published content to train AI systems. It also highlights the growing debate over AI copyright infringement.


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What’s up? Renowned music producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have raised concerns about AI’s potential to manipulate artists’ works without proper authorization, prompting a call for regulation in the music industry.

Why? AI’s ability to replicate voice and likeness has had both positive and negative impacts on the industry. The revival of the Beatles’ song “Now and Then” released earlier this year (above), facilitated by AI refurbishing a demo by the late John Lennon, demonstrates the technology’s potential when used with artists’ endorsements. When used without the consent of the artists, however, major copyright concerns arise.

“It’s a new day. It's a new technology. Needs to be new rules.”

—Terry Lewis

What’s the response? U.S. Senators Chris Coons and Marsha Blackburn are responding to these concerns with the bipartisan “No Fakes Act,” aiming to safeguard artists from unauthorized replication of their voices and visual likenesses. This proposed legislation seeks to establish national standards and penalties for individuals, companies, and platforms engaging in such practices.


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