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💸 OnlyFans owner paid himself $338 million last year
📚 Stephen King's positive outlook on AI's role in literature
🛒 Instacart's financials revealed ahead of IPO
🎬 VFX artists show that Hollywood can use AI to create, not exploit
🧬 Male Y chromosome has finally been completely sequenced
💸 OnlyFans owner paid himself $338 million last yearLINK
Leo Radvinsky, owner of OnlyFans, earned $338 million in 2022 as the subscription site gained popularity.
OnlyFans saw a 47% increase in creators (3.2 million) and a 27% surge in users (238.8 million) in 2022, leading to a 17% revenue rise.
Radvinsky, a Ukrainian-American entrepreneur, also founded MyFreeCams and aims to accumulate wealth for philanthropy.
📚 Stephen King's positive outlook on AI's role in literatureLINK
Stephen King, the renowned horror author, believes opposing AI's use in creativity is futile, as his works have already been used to train AI.
While some in the creative industry resist AI, King sees potential in its role, but questions if machines can achieve true human-level creativity.
King remains cautiously optimistic about AI's future impact, acknowledging its limitations and leaving room for its potential growth in human-like creativity.
🛒 Instacart's financials revealed ahead of IPOLINK
Instacart, a pandemic-fueled grocery delivery service, prepares for an IPO with $428 million profit in 2022.
While its core grocery delivery growth slows, Instacart's shift to higher-margin online advertising contributes nearly 30% of its $2.5 billion revenue.
The company's IPO could influence the fate of tech start-ups, as many await a more favorable market, driven by a demand for public offerings.
🎬 VFX artists show that Hollywood can use AI to create, not exploitLINK
AI technology, including generative algorithms, is making its way into film and TV production, assisting artists rather than replacing them.
AI tools are being used for tasks like procedural generation of effects, style transfer for artistic effects, and accelerating dialogue between creators and directors.
While AI has the potential to enhance the creative process, concerns about automation and displacement of artists are also being raised, urging a balance between human creativity and AI assistance.
🧬 Male Y chromosome has finally been completely sequencedLINK
Researchers have fully sequenced the human Y chromosome, revealing insights into its origins and its impact on male fertility.
The Y chromosome's complexity and repetitive DNA made it a challenging puzzle to decode, but new sequencing technologies allowed for its comprehensive sequencing.
The sequencing revealed 106 protein-coding genes on the Y chromosome, including ones related to male fertility and sperm production.
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