Meta has reportedly broken up its Responsible AI (RAI) team as it puts more of its resources into generative artificial intelligence. The Information broke the news today, citing an internal post it had seen. According to the report, most RAI members will move to the company’s generative AI product team, while others will work on Meta’s AI infrastructure. The company regularly says it wants to develop AI responsibly and even has a page devoted to the promise, where the company lists its “pillars of responsible AI.”
Last month, the three publishers sued the multi-billion-dollar-backed AI company for the alleged “systematic and widespread infringement of their copyrighted song lyrics.” In a motion filed late on Thursday (November 16), the companies asked the court for a preliminary injunction to prevent Anthropic’s AI from using their works while the case proceeds.
Earlier this year, the visual effects company, Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies (MARZ). unveiled a technology called LipDub AI, which digitally manipulates actors’ facial expressions to match spoken words in foreign languages. The technology promises to achieve an extraordinary level of realism and fluency, learning to make actors’ lips match the language and the performers.
Music Rights Awareness Foundation, an apolitical organization founded by ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus and producer Max Martin, has joined forces with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to launch a new platform designed to enhance creators’ understanding of intellectual property (IP) rights and related management practices.
After a flurry of weekend negotiations, Microsoft said it hired Sam Altman — just two days after the board of OpenAI abruptly ousted him as CEO — while OpenAI recruited Emmett Shear, most recently chief executive of livestreaming platform Twitch, to step in as interim CEO. Altman will lead a new artificial-intelligence research team at Microsoft, alongside former OpenAI president Greg Brockman (who had quit after Altman was fired on Nov. 17).
CreateSafe, the music tech studio that collaborated with Grimes on an AI using a clone of her voice, has raised $4.6 million in a seed funding round to launch TRINITI, a new “artistic intelligence” platform. Polychain Capital, a cryptocurrency and blockchain tech investment firm, led the funding round. Grimes also joined CreateSafe’s advisory board to continue to experiment and develop emergent new use cases to collaborate with AI.
YouTube announced new AI music experiments it has been developing with Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence lab. The most interesting (and possibly most disorienting) of YouTube’s AI tests is Dream Track in YouTube Shorts. YouTube is working with nine artists who have agreed to collaborate on the Dream Track experiment: Alec Benjamin, Charlie Puth, Charli XCX, Demi Lovato, John Legend, Papoose, Sia, T-Pain and Troye Sivan.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Music Rights Awareness Foundation have announced the launch of a new online platform to raise creators’ awareness of intellectual property rights and related management practices. CLIP — Creators Learn Intellectual Property — is an innovative, user-friendly, and free-to-use online learning platform that will be filled with curated content from experienced musicians and mentors to help creators make better business decisions.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s lifeline for Canada’s struggling media industry could instead spell disaster, digital start-ups and freelancers warned his office as it was doubling down on the Online News Act. Documents obtained by POLITICO through an Access-to-Information request reveal urgent appeals from freelancers and small news outlets who spelled out for top officials what would happen if they lost access to sharing news through both Google and Meta.
Of the 16-page summary detailing the tentative deal between SAG-AFTRA and the studios, more than five are spent on provisions over artificial intelligence. The document cites the establishment of a “broad, protective” definition of generative artificial intelligence, along with requirements surrounding notice, consent and compensation around digital replicas of actors and “synthetic performers” created by AI tools.