Scarlett Johansson and OpenAI, Live Nation Lawsuit, and More

Scarlett Johansson and OpenAI, Live Nation Lawsuit, and More

Scarlett Johansson and OpenAI, Live Nation Lawsuit, and More

Scarlett Johansson and OpenAI, Live Nation Lawsuit, and More

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Scarlett Johansson Takes Legal Action Over OpenAI’s GPT-4o Voice

This week, OpenAI announced the removal of “Sky,” a voice used by its GPT-4o model, after users noted its uncanny resemblance to Scarlett Johansson’s AI character in the movie “Her.” In response, Johansson has hired legal representation to investigate how the voice was developed. OpenAI maintains that the voice was not based on Johansson’s, although the actress claims they previously requested her voice for the model.

Live Nation Faces Antitrust Lawsuit

The U.S. Department of Justice and 30 state attorneys general have sued Live Nation Entertainment, the parent company of Ticketmaster, for alleged anti-competitive practices. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland stated that Live Nation “suffocates its competition.” The lawsuit follows scrutiny over the company’s dominance in the ticketing industry, highlighted by difficulties Taylor Swift fans faced securing tickets for her 2022 Eras tour.

Leadership Shakeup at Techstars

Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet announced her departure at the end of the month. Co-founder and board head David Cohen will step into the role. Gavet’s tenure was marked by controversy, with TechCrunch investigating claims of her “autocratic and punishing” leadership style, which reportedly led to significant employee turnover.

Quick News Bytes

  • Slack AI Training: Some of Slack’s new AI features are being trained using user data. Users can opt-out by emailing Slack.
  • Humane Sale Rumors: Bloomberg reports that Humane might be looking to sell after the rocky launch of its $700 Ai Pin, with an asking price between $750 million and $1 billion.
  • Microsoft Build 2024: At Microsoft’s annual developer conference, the company unveiled Copilot+ PCs and new AI features for Windows, including a soon-to-be-released “Recall” feature.
  • Spotify’s AI DJ: Spotify is developing a Spanish-speaking version of its AI DJ feature. Tech expert Chris Messina discovered references to “DJ Livi” in the app’s code.
  • Free Laundry Hack: Two UC Santa Cruz students found a security flaw that allows free use of over a million internet-connected washing machines.
  • Biden’s Meme Manager: Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is hiring a meme manager to engage younger voters.
  • ChatGPT App Revenue: OpenAI’s GPT-4o model has driven the company’s highest-ever mobile income, earning $4.2 million on the App Store and Google Play.
  • FCC on AI Political Ads: The FCC proposes that political ads featuring AI-generated content must disclose this information, applicable to cable, satellite TV, and radio providers, but not streamers or YouTube.
  • Y Combinator Acceptance Tips: CEO Garry Tan discusses Y Combinator’s rigorous acceptance process, which only approves about 1% of applicants.
  • Adobe vs. Delta Emulator: Adobe plans to sue Delta for using a logo resembling its own. Delta has since changed its logo to avoid legal issues.

Analysis

Meta’s New AI Advisory Council Lacks Diversity

Meta’s newly announced AI advisory council has faced criticism for its lack of diversity, comprising only white men. This oversight is particularly notable given the significant contributions of women and people of color in AI advancements. TechCrunch’s Dominic-Madori Davis, Amanda Silberling, and Kyle Wiggers discuss the importance of diverse perspectives in shaping the future of AI.

OpenAI Resignations Over AI Governance

Several OpenAI employees resigned after the company restricted efforts to control and direct “superintelligent” AI systems. Key departures included Jan Leike, co-lead of the team focused on these initiatives.

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