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Calls for legislation as explicit Taylor Swift deepfakes gain millions of views

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The circulation of explicit deepfake images featuring Taylor Swift online has prompted US lawmakers to demand the enactment of fresh legislation criminalizing the creation of such content.

These fabricated photos of the pop superstar garnered millions of views on social media platforms, including X and Telegram.

US Representative Joe Morelle expressed his dismay at the widespread dissemination of these images, describing it as “appalling.”

 

In response, X declared that it was actively removing the content and taking appropriate measures against the accounts responsible for its propagation.

The platform emphasized its commitment to monitoring the situation to promptly address any further violations and ensure the removal of the content.

47 million views

While many of the deepfake images appear to have been taken down, one image of Swift reportedly garnered 47 million views before it was removed.

Deepfakes employ artificial intelligence (AI) to manipulate a person’s face or body, creating deceptive videos or images.

A study conducted in 2023 revealed a staggering 550% increase in the production of manipulated images since 2019, largely due to advancements in AI technology.

Presently, there are no federal laws in place to regulate the sharing or creation of deepfake content in the United States. However, certain states have initiated efforts to address this issue.

In the UK, the sharing of deepfake pornography was criminalised as part of the 2023 Online Safety Act.

Democratic Representative Morelle, who previously introduced the Preventing Deepfakes of Intimate Images Act, called for immediate action, highlighting that these images and videos could inflict irrevocable emotional, financial, and reputational damage, with women disproportionately affected.

Deepfake pornography comprises the vast majority of such content online, with the State of Deepfakes report from the previous year indicating that women constitute 99% of the targets.

Democratic Representative Yvette D Clarke underscored that women have been subject to this technology’s targeting for years, and with advancements in AI, deepfake creation has become more accessible and affordable.

Republican Congressman Tom Kean Jr. echoed the sentiment, stressing the need to establish safeguards against this concerning trend.

No Swift response

As for Taylor Swift, she has not publicly addressed the deepfake images, but the Daily Mail reported that her team is considering legal action against the website responsible for publishing the AI-generated content.

Worries about AI-generated content have escalated, especially as billions of people participate in global elections this year.

Recently, a fake robocall purportedly from US President Joe Biden, believed to be generated by AI, triggered an investigation, raising further concerns about the misuse of advanced technology.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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SpaceX funded flying car company boasts huge pre-orders

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Alef Aeronautics, a pioneering flying car company backed by SpaceX, has announced a significant milestone in its journey towards revolutionizing personal transportation.

The California-based firm revealed that preorders for its futuristic electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle have surpassed 2,850, signaling robust demand for its innovative technology.

The Alef Model A, a two-seater flying car, has garnered widespread attention, with eager customers securing preorders by placing a $150 deposit online.

Alef aims to offer customers flexibility by allowing them to withdraw their deposits at any time, ensuring they’re not committed to the purchase.

Groundbreaking offering

With a planned price tag of $300,000 per vehicle, the cumulative order value from the preorders has exceeded $850 million, underscoring the significant market interest in Alef’s groundbreaking offering.

Jim Dukhovny, CEO of Alef Aeronautics, expressed pride in achieving this milestone, highlighting the Model A’s position as the bestselling aircraft in history, surpassing established aviation giants like Boeing and Airbus.

Despite the substantial investment required from prospective buyers, Dukhovny emphasized the necessity of the higher price point for Alef’s startup operations.

Alef is committed to delivering cutting-edge technology and ensuring the utmost safety and performance standards, factors that contribute to the pricing strategy.

The Alef Model A, showcased as a half-size model at the Mobile World Congress, distinguishes itself from competitors with its innovative design.

Unlike traditional eVTOLs, which often resemble drones or helicopters, the Model A bears a closer resemblance to a conventional car, with a mesh shell housing rotors that facilitate vertical takeoff and landing.

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Apple unveils M3 powered MacBook Air

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The unveiling includes updated models in both 13-inch and 15-inch variants, showcasing Apple’s continued innovation in the laptop market.

The M3 chip, initially introduced in October alongside versions for the iMac desktop and MacBook Pro laptops, aims to enhance performance and user experience across Apple’s product lineup.

The introduction of these new MacBook Air laptops comes as Apple reported $7.78 billion in Mac revenue during its fiscal first-quarter earnings, reflecting a modest growth of less than 1%. With the latest computers boasting advanced features and capabilities, Apple anticipates a potential boost in sales.

Key enhancements in the new MacBook Air lineup include sharper 1080p webcams, support for faster Wi-Fi networks, and an impressive battery life of up to 18 hours.

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Design is consistent

Despite these improvements, the design of the laptops remains consistent with earlier models.

Notably, the M3 chip enables users to connect up to two external displays, a notable improvement from previous chip iterations which supported only a single screen.

Apple’s marketing strategy around artificial intelligence (AI) takes center stage with the new MacBook Air release.

The company brands the MacBook Air as the “world’s best consumer laptop for AI,” signaling a heightened focus on AI capabilities. This shift in language suggests Apple’s intent to compete with emerging Windows laptops marketed as “AI PCs.”

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Headache for Musk and Tesla as Chinese EV slashes prices

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China’s leading electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer BYD has unveiled a new version of its best-selling car at a price lower than its predecessor.

It signals a fierce price battle in the world’s largest automobile market.

In a bid to maintain its competitive edge, BYD has slashed prices for several models, following similar moves by rivals.

The price change represents a significant 12% reduction compared to the final sales price of its predecessor.

Analysts suggest that BYD’s aggressive pricing strategy aims not only to capture a larger share of the domestic market but also to enhance profitability through increased exports.

As competition intensifies and consumer preferences evolve, manufacturers like BYD are strategically adjusting their pricing strategies to remain competitive and sustain growth both at home and abroad.

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