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A Snapshot and Summary of What’s Happening to Enable the Safe and Effective Use of AI

Welcome to the latest installment of the Wovenware Monthly AI Index, where we’ve curated the most important news stories and issues shaping the new AI-driven world.

Happy reading!

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS

The heated debate between OpenAI and Elon Musk, continues to do just that: heat up. Musk, who was a board member and investor at OpenAI’s founding in 2015, has now sued OpenAI and co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, claiming that they reneged on a commitment to make the company open-sourced and not-for-profit. However, OpenAI claimed in a legal filing that it never had a founding agreement with Musk. While OpenAI has a free version of ChatGPT, it also offers paying, premium versions for corporate users.

On a related front, OpenAI removed the requirement to create an account before using ChatGPT. The move is intended to expand its reach beyond the 100 million weekly users, as it works to shore itself up amidst an onslaught of competition from the likes of Claude, Copilot, Firefly and Gemini.

And then of course there’s more competition, with Elon Musk and his AI startup xAI. The company will be launching an enhanced and open source version of its chatbot Grok, which will be made available to early testers and existing Grok users soon. One of the most notable improvements in the new version is its performance in coding and math-related tasks.

AI and data company, Databricks, also announced its own open-source large language model, DBRX, while also selling business services or paid models.

U.S. AND EU REGULATIONS

The U.S. and European Union have agreed to work together to chart a common course for the safe use of AI. The announcement came during a meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council in Belgium. Its goal is to foster scientific information exchange between AI experts in order to develop benchmarks and assess potential risks.

Europe has approved the world’s most comprehensive legislation yet on AI, with clear requirements for developers and restrictions on how the technology can be used. The rules, which will take place gradually over several years, ban certain uses of AI, establish transparency rules and require risk assessments for those AI systems that are considered high risk. The law is confined to the European Union, but will have global consequences.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

There’s such a thing as too perfect. AI is getting quite a work-out by creative teams, helping to create ad campaigns, video and images, but is it getting just a little bit too good to be trusted? The advertising industry now faces a new challenge: trying to make AI images look more realistic and natural, as though they were created by humans, as people become more sophisticated about the tell-tale signs that an image or ad was created by AI.

Why AI? Is it because you can’t find a better man? [sorry, we just had to go there]. Pearl Jam, Billie Eilish, Stevie Wonder and Nicki Minaj were among recording artists who have signed an open letter from the Artists Rights Alliance (ARA) calling on AI developers and music services to stop using AI, saying it poses an existential threat to their livelihoods and “devalue the rights of human artists.”

The estate of comedian George Carlin, known for his famous quotes such as, “just because you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town,” has reached an agreement with podcast makers accused of training AI on decades of his content.

That’s it for this month. We hope you enjoy the Wovenware Monthly AI Index.

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