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AI News – June 2024 Roundup

Amazon is developing a new AI product called Metis to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT, according to Business Insider. Metis is designed to use retrieval-augmented generation, a technique for creating chatbots that can provide users with more current information. For instance, Business Insider claims that Metis “should be able to share the latest stock prices.” However, Amazon has faced difficulties in the field of AI in the past, including unfavorable reviews of its corporate chatbot and problems with its AI chips.

In a different effort, Google is reportedly building a tool that allows users to design their own chatbots with customizable features, such as personality and physical appearance. This offering is similar to a product developed by startup Character.AI. Google intends to release these customizable chatbots to consumers as early as this year, placing them amongst the frontrunners in the race to develop consumer AI products.

PwC’s 2024 Global Workforce Hopes & Fears Survey reveals a surprising trend: optimism towards Generative AI (GenAI). Half of all surveyed workers believe GenAI will boost their salaries, with even stronger enthusiasm among daily GenAI users.

This positive outlook is particularly interesting because workers also acknowledge potential risks like bias and misinformation. While they see efficiency gains on the horizon, they also recognize the need to address these concerns.

The key to unlocking GenAI’s potential lies in skill development. Equipping both employees and leaders with knowledge about responsible AI use is crucial. Additionally, incorporating human oversight can help mitigate potential issues.

PwC’s survey of over 56,000 workers offers valuable insights for C-suite leaders. The data highlights key actions leaders can take to prepare their workforce for change. These actions focus on three critical themes: leading through transformation, harnessing the power of GenAI, and boosting performance through employee upskilling and improved work experiences.

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Major record labels, including Universal, Sony, and Warner, filed a lawsuit against AI music generator companies Suno and Udio on [date]. The lawsuit alleges copyright infringement, claiming the companies used copyrighted music to train their AI systems.

The record labels argue that:

  • Suno and Udio trained their AI on “decades of our music,” which doesn’t qualify as fair use under copyright law.
  • The AI-generated music “very closely resembles” copyrighted songs and artist voices.
  • They were able to replicate “incredibly famous songs” with the AI, but Suno and Udio refuse to disclose their training data, making it difficult to assess the extent of the alleged infringement.

The lawsuit highlights the potential impact on the value of original recordings. The record labels point out that Suno boasts over 10 million users and a valuation of $500 million.

They are seeking damages of up to $150,000 per infringed work. The complaint details specific instances where Suno’s output allegedly resembled famous songs, including “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry, “Sway” by Michael Bublé, and “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown.

It’s important to note that this is just one side of the story. Suno and Udio have not yet had a chance to respond to the lawsuit.