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🎥 Disney establishes AI task force for cost-cutting
🤖 OpenAI launches a webcrawler to educate GPT
🚗 GM's EVs to offer home charging by 2026
🛡️ Norway imposes $100k daily fines on Meta over data harvesting
🔒 AI researchers claim 93% accuracy in detecting keystrokes over Zoom audio

🎥 Disney establishes AI task force for cost-cuttingLINK

  • Walt Disney has established a task force to explore AI applications within its enterprise, from film studios to theme parks.
  • AI technology has been previously used in Disney projects, such as the Baby Groot robot which employs machine learning for movements and interactions.
  • AI's increasing presence in entertainment has led to concerns among Hollywood writers and actors, sparking strikes by the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild.
  • 🤖 OpenAI launches a webcrawler to educate GPTLINK

  • OpenAI has developed a new bot, 'GPTBot', to crawl the internet and collect data to enhance AI training.
  • Website operators need to opt out by blocking the bot if they wish to prevent it from extracting their site's data.
  • While OpenAI's previous models were trained on data up to late 2021, the new system aims to enhance future models, respecting "robots.txt" directives and avoiding paywalled or personal content.
  • 🚗 GM's EVs to offer home charging by 2026LINK

  • GM is introducing vehicle-to-home (V2H) bidirectional charging technology to its Ultium-based electric vehicles by 2026, allowing them to be used as backup power sources for homes.
  • The first models to feature this technology include the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST, GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1, and Cadillac Lyriq, among others.
  • This initiative is under GM Energy, a new business unit from GM launched in 2022, which offers various energy solutions including stationary storage and solar energy partnerships.
  • 🛡️ Norway imposes $100k daily fines on Meta over data harvestingLINK

  • Meta faces a new penalty from Norwegian regulators, amounting to 1 MILLION crowns (€89,000) per day starting from August 14 due to privacy breaches.
  • Norway had previously announced a temporary ban on behavioural ads on Facebook and Instagram, and warned Meta of potential fines if violations were not addressed.
  • Despite Meta's recent pledge to obtain EU user consent for personalized ads, Datatilsynet remains unimpressed and plans to continue daily fines until at least November 3, with the possibility of making them permanent.
  • 🔒 AI researchers claim 93% accuracy in detecting keystrokes over Zoom audioLINK

  • Researchers achieved over 90% accuracy in interpreting remote keystrokes by recording them and training a deep learning model on the unique sound profiles of individual keys.
  • Laptops, especially in quieter public places, are vulnerable to this kind of attack due to their consistent and non-modular keyboard acoustic profiles.
  • Previous methods achieved 74.3% to 91.7% accuracy in VoIP calls; the current research benefits from recent advancements in neural network technology, like self-attention layers, to enhance audio side channel attacks.
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