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Musicians, robots and AI

I was recently reminded of the Music Defense League case in the late 1920s, organised by the American Federation of Musicians to combat the threat of music recordings. Here’s the quick summary: before the 1930s when you went to see a movie at the theatre, it had no sound music was provided by live singers and musicians but ‘technology’ was improving => music and sound was recorded and then...

Deepfake scams

You may have seen this recent deepfake scam, attempting to scam WPP. It’s easy to dismiss these threats thinking it only affects the ‘big companies’ – after all why would anyone bother going to all that trouble to target ‘a small company like ours’… But it’s only a (short) matter of time before these deepfake processes are easily emulated and can be...

Slop

Simon highlights (via a tweet that quotes another tweet) that ‘slop’ is the perfect word to describe the barrage of unwanted AI generated ‘content’ that we’re being forced to wade through on our trek to an actual answer. As they note, just as ‘spam’ became the word for unwanted email, ‘slop’ is the term for unwanted AI generated content. See...

Queensland launches digital drivers license app

Great that Queensland Government has launched an app for driver’s licenses. Nice of them to say this “We worked with our counterparts in other Australian states that have digital licences, to ensure we learnt from the way they developed and released their apps. But odd to also say this: “Queensland’s Digital Licence app will set the standard for mobile driver licence apps...

Crazy valuations part 734

Always tricky to understand valuations… we’re in a high interest rate period and yet AI startups are (selectively) breaking through and still getting crazy valuations. Recently Perplexity got a half billion valuation, even though current ARR is just $3M (note: revenue, not profit). That’s 150x It’s easy to ridicule, but then I’m reminded of DHH’s...

More AI Lawsuits

At some point – pretty soon I suspect – we won’t even find AI related lawsuits (like this recent one) newsworthy.

They’ll just be common place.

Like most other legal matters involving copyright.

AI aint cheap

Regarding GitHub Copilot, as per Paul Thurrott’s article which is getting shared around (probably because the original report from the Wall Street Journal and we can’t share that (it’s behind a paywall): GitHub Copilot costs $10 per month to subscribe to as an individual developer ($19 per month for businesses) But costs Microsoft around $30 per month to provide (via Open AI...

Mobile phones banned in NSW public schools

As of this week (the start of a new term) mobile phones can’t be used during the school day by students in NSW. This applies to high schools (primary schools already had this in place). This applies to public schools (ie not private schools). From the government announcement: “The ban is one of a number of measures the Government is putting in place to improve the classroom...

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