At the end of October, Shutterstock, one of the leading stock image companies on the internet, announced it was partnering with OpenAI to launch a new tool that would integrate the generative-AI DALL-E 2 into its online marketplace. The announcement was a huge win for the still-burgeoning AI industry, but was met with shock and outrage by creatives all over the internet, many of whom see generative AI like DALL-E 2 as an existential threat to their livelihoods and the use of their images for machine learning as a form of theft. “It’s disappointing to know we have so little respect and it’s worrying to now be competing with bots for sales,” an anonymous Shutterstock photographer told Artnet News in October. So, now that the dust has settled, how is the company feeling about its OpenAI partnership? Is it still bullish on a future where machines are making our stock images for us? “I think there are two choices in this world,” says Shutterstock CEO Paul Hennessy. “Be the … [Read more...] about Generative AI tools are already changing the creativity landscape—and some artists aren’t happy about it
Prasar Bharati Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur inspected the Jaisalmer station of Prasar Bharati and instructed several measures for cleanliness on the first day of the New Year. Thakur has been spearheading a space audit and disposal of scrap across various offices of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. On the first day of the New Year, Thakur visited the Akashvani centre in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and gave several suggestions for its cleanliness and disposal of scrap there. Talking to reporters, he said the central government has worked in the interests of the poor, farmers and soldiers. He referred to the recent changes in the "One Rank One Pension" scheme for the ex-servicemen and highlighted benefits of various government schemes such as Kisan Samman Nidhi and free grain distribution. Read More As part of this audit, Thakur had first visited the Doordarshan Kendra in Ahmedabad on … [Read more...] about Anurag Thakur inspects Prasar Bharati station in Jaisalmer
The World Bank slashed its growth forecasts for most countries and regions and warned that new adverse shocks could tip the global economy into a recession. Global gross domestic product will probably increase 1.7% this year, about half the pace forecast in June, the Washington-based lender said Tuesday. That would be the third-worst performance in the last three decades or so, after the contractions of 2009 and 2020. The bank, which also cut its growth estimates for 2024, said persistent inflation and higher interest rates are among the key reasons. It also cited the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and a decline in investment. “The crisis facing development is intensifying” and the setbacks to global prosperity will likely persist, World Bank President David Malpass wrote in a foreword to the bank’s semi-annual Global Economic Prospects report. He said GDP in emerging-market and developing economies at the end of next year will be about 6% below the level … [Read more...] about World Bank cuts 2023 forecasts and warns of global recession
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline The 66-year-old man suspected of killing seven people earlier this week at two locations in Half Moon Bay, California, admitted to carrying out the massacre in a rare jailhouse interview Thursday night, saying he has endured years of bullying and suffers from a mental illness. Key Facts Chunli Zhao, who faces seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, told NBC Bay Area Thursday night he was forced to work long hours at the mushroom farm where he allegedly carried out the shooting, and that his supervisors ignored him when he complained about his work schedule. Speaking in Mandarin, Zhao said he has a green card and has been living in the U.S. for 11 years, and purchased the handgun he used in the shooting in 2021. When asked if he regrets killing his co-workers, he said he did, and that he suffers from a mental illness, although he did not name any specific illnesses, … [Read more...] about Half Moon Bay Suspected Gunman Admits Shooting Co-Workers, Blames Mental Illness
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline The California State Bar filed charges Thursday against attorney John Eastman over him helping former President Donald Trump try to overturn the 2020 election, which could lead to his disbarment, the latest in a slew of punishments the ex-president’s lawyers have faced for representing or working directly with him. Key Facts John Eastman: Eastman had 11 charges filed against him by counsel for the California State Bar stemming from his efforts to challenge the election results, and the state bar intends to seek his disbarment in court—and the attorney faces the possibility of criminal charges after the House January 6 Committee made a criminal referral against him to the Justice Department in December. Rudy Giuliani: Giuliani, who led Trump’s post-election efforts, has already had his law license suspended and proceedings are under way to determine if he should be fully disbarred ; he’s … [Read more...] about World Of Pain For Former Trump Lawyers: Suspension, Fines, Possible Disbarment And More
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline Body-cam video and a 911 call released Friday of the hammer attack against Paul Pelosi in October showed alleged assailant David DePape attacking Pelosi as the cops arrived and served as proof against many of the conspiracy theories that proliferated among right-wing pundits and social media users after the attack. Key Facts The bodycam footage shows officers knocking on the front door of the Pelosi house, and when the door opens DePape is standing next to Paul Pelosi, each of the men has a hand on a hammer. When officers in the video see a hammer in DePape’s hand, they ask him to drop the weapon, and DePape says “nope” and begins attacking Pelosi. It does not appear that either officer knew they were responding to a call at the Pelosi residence. The footage supports the narrative from police and prosecutors, who have said the intruder was a stranger to the Pelosis and sought to hurt … [Read more...] about Body-Cam Footage From Paul Pelosi Attack Released
PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Medical official slams new malpractice bill The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Doctors are continuing their campaign against the controversial Protection of Victims of Medical Mistreatment Bill, saying the draft law will further complicate issues surrounding malpractice and sow seeds of reluctance among medical workers when it comes to providing treatment. The bill will certainly widen conflicts between patients and doctors or medical personnel,” Dr Methee Wongsirisuwan, a senior member of the Medical Council of Thailand (MCT) said. Related news Public defibrillator thieves are rescue workers 3 hours ago The ‘bastards’ fight back – RTP catch Taiwanese star in a lie 5 hours ago Dr Methee, who is an assistant to the council’s secretary-general, described the draft law as a “populist policy” – that will please the public … [Read more...] about Medical official slams new malpractice bill
If there’s an idea that might reduce health care costs, there’s a good chance Colorado’s trying it out. The state’s Office of Saving People Money on Health Care laid out a plan in 2020 that included passing a partial public option; extending the reinsurance program; launching a statewide purchasing alliance; importing prescription drugs; launching a drug affordability board; and increasing transparency in hospital and prescription drug prices. Other than the importation plan, which has to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, all of those agenda items have at least started to be put into practice. Most are in the early stages, however, making it difficult to assess if they’ll succeed in bringing costs down. Colorado is ultimately pursuing two paths to lowering health care costs, said Bob Smith, executive director of the Colorado Business Group on Health. The Colorado option insurance plan is an example of setting rates, while the purchasing alliance is an … [Read more...] about Colorado’s trying a public option, drug importation and more. What’s actually lowering health care costs?
In 2021, privacy consultants working for two Dutch universities issued a critical report card on Google’s education apps, a set of classroom tools like Google Docs that are used by more than 170 million students and educators worldwide. The audit warned that Google’s tools for schools lacked a number of privacy protections — like narrow limits on how the company could use students’ and teachers’ personal data — that were required by European law. Although the company addressed some of the concerns, the report said, Google declined to comply with Dutch requests to reduce a number of “high risks” cited in the audit. It took a threat from the Dutch Data Protection Authority, the nation’s privacy regulator, to help break the deadlock: Dutch schools would soon have to stop using Google’s education tools, the government agency said, if the products continued to pose those risks. Two years later, Google has developed new privacy measures and transparency tools to address the Dutch … [Read more...] about How the Netherlands is taming Big Tech
Franz Broseph seemed like any other Diplomacy player to Claes de Graaff. The handle was a joke — Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I reborn as an online bro — but that was the kind of humor that people who play Diplomacy tend to enjoy. The game is a classic, beloved by the likes of John F. Kennedy and Henry Kissinger, combining military strategy with political intrigue as it re-creates the First World War: Players negotiate with allies, enemies and everyone in between as they plan how their armies will move across 20th-century Europe. When Franz Broseph joined a 20-player online tournament at the end of August, he wooed other players, lying to them and ultimately betraying them. He finished in first place. De Graaff, a chemist living in the Netherlands, finished fifth. He had spent nearly 10 years playing Diplomacy, both online and at face-to-face tournaments across the globe. He did not realize until it was revealed several weeks later that he had lost to a machine. Franz Broseph was … [Read more...] about How smart are the robots getting?