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Disney’s new A.I. taskforce and what it means for cinema

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Walt Disney has established a task force dedicated to the exploration of artificial intelligence’s applications across its entertainment conglomerate, even as the entertainment industry contends with concerns over AI’s impact on jobs.

The initiative, initiated earlier this year prior to the Hollywood writers’ strike, aims to both develop AI solutions internally and collaborate with startup partners, according to three sources speaking to Reuters.

Disney’s commitment to AI is evident through its 11 job vacancies actively seeking candidates proficient in artificial intelligence or machine learning.

These positions span various segments of the company, encompassing Walt Disney Studios, theme parks, engineering divisions like Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney-branded television, and the advertising unit aiming to establish an AI-driven ad system.

Escalating production costs

The adoption of AI is viewed as a strategy to manage escalating production costs in the film and television industry, where budgets can soar to $300 million for major releases.

AI has the potential to enhance customer experiences in Disney’s parks, possibly providing advanced customer support and unique interactions, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Projects like “Project Kiwi,” which employed machine learning techniques to create a robot mimicking the movements and personality of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” character Baby Groot, underscore the possibilities.

Amidst the Hollywood landscape, AI has become a contentious topic, sparking concerns among writers and actors about its impact on employment opportunities.

This issue plays a central role in ongoing contract negotiations between the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America, and the industry stakeholders.

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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Australia’s electricity grid faces an urgent overhaul as consumption dramatically doubles

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By 2050, AEMO has predicted that Australia’s electricity use will double due to renewable energy and electrification, prompting a necessary overhaul of the country’s aging power grid.

The adoption of renewable energy sources and electrification is set to double Australia’s electricity consumption by 2050.

The fast-adoption has created an urgent need for reconfiguration and enhancement of the nation’s century-old electricity grid.

James Hunt, Pacific Vice President of Power Systems and Services of Schneider Electric joins to discuss. #featured

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House of the Dragon season 2 profits despite review scores

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Viewership Surge: 1 Million Revisit “House of the Dragon” Ahead of Season 2.

 

HBO took a big bet on its “Game of Thrones” spin-off, with one million people rewatching the first season of “House of the Dragon” in the days leading up to the Season 2 premiere, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. However, not all reviews have been glowing. #featured #trending

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