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Open AI is getting into the video business



OpenAI, known for its AI language model ChatGPT, has ventured into the realm of video generation with the introduction of its latest creation, the Sora AI model.

Following the viral success of ChatGPT, OpenAI aims to revolutionise video content creation using artificial intelligence technology.

Sora, unveiled by the company on Thursday, operates similarly to OpenAI’s image-generation AI tool, DALL-E. Users can input a desired scene or provide still images, and Sora will produce high-definition video clips accordingly.

The model can extend existing videos or fill in missing frames, showcasing its versatility in video content generation.

Significant expansion

The move into video marks a significant expansion for generative AI, following the success of chatbots and image generators in various consumer and business applications.

However, concerns regarding misinformation have escalated, particularly with the rise of AI-generated deepfakes, which have seen a 900% increase year over year, according to data from Clarity, a machine learning firm.

Competing with tech giants like Meta and Google, who recently announced their Lumiere video-generation AI tool, OpenAI is positioning Sora to be a leading contender in the market.

Startups like Stability AI and Amazon have also entered this space with their own video-generation models.

Video length

Currently, Sora is capable of generating videos up to one minute in length.

OpenAI, backed by Microsoft, aims to achieve multimodality by combining text, image, and video generation within its suite of AI models.

Brad Lightcap, OpenAI’s COO, emphasized the importance of multimodality, stating, “The world is multimodal… the world is much bigger than text.” He highlighted the need for AI models to encompass various modalities to better reflect human perception and interaction with the world.

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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TikTok launches Instagram competitor ‘Notes’



TikTok Notes has launched in Australia & Canada as a formidable competitor to Instagram, offering a unique platform for content creation, text and sharing.

“TikTok Notes is a lifestyle platform that offers informative photo-text content about people’s lives, where you can see individuals sharing their travel tips and daily recipes,” reads the official App Store description.

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The app allows users to create content by combining short videos with text-based notes, closely resembling that of Meta’s Instagram.

Whether it’s sharing a quick tutorial, a personal anecdote, or a thought-provoking message, TikTok Notes is positioned to be a formidable social media platform.

Currently, the app is only available for download and “limited testing” in Australia and Canada.

As it gains momentum, the platform is poised to contest Instagram’s established reign in the social media landscape.

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Ramifications of a TikTok ban to impact Open Internet



The United States’ longstanding advocacy for an open internet faces a critical juncture as Congress considers legislation targeting TikTok.

The proposed measures, including a forced sale or outright ban of TikTok, have sparked concerns among digital rights advocates and global observers about the implications for internet freedom and international norms.

For decades, the U.S. has championed the concept of an unregulated internet, advocating for the free flow of digital data across borders.

However, the move against TikTok, a platform with 170 million U.S. users, has raised questions about the consistency of America’s stance on internet governance.

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Critics fear that actions against TikTok could set a precedent for other countries to justify their own internet censorship measures.

Russian blogger Aleksandr Gorbunov warned that Russia could use the U.S. decision to justify further restrictions on platforms like YouTube.

Similarly, Indian lawyer Mishi Choudhary expressed concerns that a U.S. ban on TikTok would embolden the Indian government to impose additional crackdowns on internet freedoms.

Moreover, the proposed legislation could complicate U.S. efforts to advocate for an internet governed by international organizations rather than individual countries.

China, in particular, has promoted a vision of internet sovereignty, advocating for greater national control over online content.

A TikTok ban could undermine America’s credibility in urging other countries to embrace a more open internet governed by global standards.


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BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says AI leads to higher wages



Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock Inc., has outlined his vision for the impact of the firm’s investment in artificial intelligence.

During the company’s recent earnings call, Fink emphasized the connection between productivity gains driven by AI and the potential for rising wages among BlackRock’s workforce.

He explained the firm’s ambition to leverage AI technology to enhance efficiency, enabling employees to accomplish more with fewer resources.

Fink’s remarks underscore BlackRock’s strategic approach to harnessing AI as a tool for optimising operations and driving organisational growth.

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By leveraging AI-driven productivity enhancements, the company aims to empower its employees to deliver greater value, thereby paving the way for wage increases across the organisation.

The CEO’s statement reflects a broader trend in the intersection of technology and labor dynamics, where advancements in AI and automation have the potential to reshape workforce dynamics and compensation structures.

Fink’s optimism about the transformative impact of AI investment on employee wages highlights BlackRock’s commitment to embracing technological innovation as a catalyst for sustainable business growth and employee prosperity.

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