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👨‍⚖️ More writers sue OpenAI
🎰 MGM Resorts suffers from major cybersecurity breach
🤖 Salesforce introduces new AI assistant: Einstein Copilot
💧 AI's thirst for power may be draining water supplies
🌍 Amazon will pay an oil company to help it meet climate goals

👨‍⚖️ More writers sue OpenAILINK

  • US novelist Michael Chabon and other writers have filed a proposed class action accusing OpenAI of copyright infringement for allegedly using their work to train AI models.
  • The lawsuit claims OpenAI sourced large amounts of content from across the internet, including from copyrighted works, to train its GPT models efficiently.
  • The writers allege that OpenAI's AI generates in-depth analyses of themes present in their copyrighted works, indicating their works were used in the training process.
  • 🎰 MGM Resorts suffers from major cybersecurity breachLINK

  • MGM Resorts, a major global hospitality and entertainment operator, has reported a significant cybersecurity breach, affecting numerous systems across multiple locations.
  • The attack has caused various operational issues including malfunctioning ATMs, non-operating website, and rendered hotel room keys useless, forcing some restaurants and bars to close.
  • While the specific nature of the cyberattack is currently unclear, many speculate it to be a ransomware assault which can severely impact MGM's multifaceted businesses worldwide.
  • 🤖 Salesforce introduces new AI assistant: Einstein CopilotLINK

  • Salesforce is releasing an upgraded version of its Einstein AI platform, called Einstein 1, which will offer customers the ability to create AI-powered apps and enhance CRM experiences.
  • Salesforce is also introducing Einstein Copilot, a conversational AI assistant that will increase productivity by assisting users in their workflow, and the Einstein Copilot Studio to allow users to build their own AI-powered apps.
  • The announcement happens during Salesforce's annual Dreamforce conference, as the company believes that AI-driven improvements could accelerate growth in their business.
  • 💧 AI's thirst for power may be draining water suppliesLINK

  • Microsoft's water usage surged by nearly 30% from 2021 to 2022, mainly due to cooling needs in data centers running AI supercomputers.
  • Local utility company, West Des Moines Water Works, is concerned about the vast amount of water drawn from nearby watersheds, impacting the available drinking water for local communities.
  • Google, another major investor in AI technology, also recorded a 20% increase in water use from 2021 to 2022, highlighting a broader issue of excessive water consumption in the tech industry.
  • 🌍 Amazon will pay an oil company to help it meet climate goalsLINK

  • Amazon has announced plans to purchase 250,000 metric tons of carbon removal from oil giant, Occidental Petroleum's subsidiary 1PointFive, making Amazon the latest tech company to utilize carbon removal technologies to meet their climate goals.
  • 1PointFive plans to build direct air capture (DAC) plants in Texas that pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it underground, a move being backed by both major tech companies and the Biden administration which has provided federal funding for similar projects.
  • Despite this new commitment, Amazon's carbon removal purchase still represents only a fraction of the company's emissions, with last year's footprint amounting to more than 71 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
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    Morgan Stanley anticipates Tesla's impending Dojo supercomputer could exponentially boost its valuation, utilizing custom silicon potentially extending beyond self-driving car applications.LINK

    New Alibaba CEO, Eddie Wu, plans to pivot the company towards AI technology, promote younger leaders, and restructure into six autonomous units amidst increasing competition and economic challenges.LINK

    The Biden administration is coaxing big tech companies, including controversial ones like Palantir, to apply ethical AI practices, though missing key points like transparency in AI training data.LINK

    GlobalFoundries opens $4 billion expansion fabrication plant in Singapore expecting growth in demand for semiconductor chips, aiming to double industry size within the next decade.LINK

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