Actor Sean Penn has voiced strong opposition to Hollywood studios’ requests for actors’ likenesses to be used in artificial intelligence (AI) projects.
In a recent interview, Penn expressed his concerns, stating, “I want your daughter’s,” emphasising the need to protect the privacy and rights of individuals, especially celebrities, in the rapidly evolving landscape of AI technology.
Hollywood studios have been increasingly interested in digitising actors’ likenesses for use in AI-driven projects, such as deepfake technology and virtual performances. While this can offer new creative possibilities, it also raises ethical questions regarding consent and control over one’s image.
Penn’s stance aligns with a growing movement among actors and public figures who are calling for stricter regulations and safeguards against the unauthorised use of their likenesses in AI applications. He argues that actors and their families should have the final say in how their images are utilised in AI, echoing concerns about potential misuse and the erosion of privacy.
As the debate over AI likeness rights intensifies, it remains to be seen how Hollywood studios and the wider entertainment industry will respond to these concerns.
China’s property market crisis worsens
The Chinese property market is currently facing a crisis, with major developers like Evergrande and Country Garden experiencing significant financial challenges.
This alarming situation has garnered global attention due to its potential impact on the Chinese and international economies.
Evergrande, one of China’s largest property developers, has been struggling with a massive debt burden, exceeding $300 billion. This has raised concerns about the company’s ability to meet its financial obligations, causing a ripple effect across the property market. Country Garden, another prominent player in the industry, is also facing mounting debt pressures, further exacerbating the crisis.
The property market’s decline can be attributed to several factors, including government policies aimed at curbing excessive borrowing, a slowing economy, and a general shift towards more sustainable and affordable housing options.
These challenges have created uncertainty in the market, leading to a decrease in property sales and declining developer revenues.
The implications of this crisis extend beyond the property sector, with potential repercussions for the broader Chinese economy. #ticker today #featured
What life’s like for Ukrainian citizens as war rages
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will highlight the NATO alliance’s ongoing support for Ukraine in its war with Russia in Europe.
The war between Israel and Hamas and heightened tensions in the wider Middle East have raised concerns that Washington cannot sustain the level of military and diplomatic support it has given Ukraine since Russia’s February 2022 full-scale invasion.
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs James O’Brien also told reporters that Blinken, who departed on Monday for Brussels, will highlight the ongoing commitment of the United States and its allies as he takes part in the first foreign minister-level meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council in Brussels.
“This is part of the process of finding a place in the alliance, which we’ve always said is Ukraine’s future,” he said. #featured
Black Friday shoppers spent a record $9.8 billion in U.S. online sales
Retailers are seeing big numbers as the 2023 holiday shopping season kicks off.
Black Friday kicked off the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season.
So far, shoppers spent a record $9.8 billion in U.S. online sales.
That’s up 7.5% from last year.
Qendresa Ibrahimi, the Influencer Marketing Director with EvenSkyn joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #InAmericaToday #featured #BlackFriday #CyberMonday #retail #sales #retailssales #holiday #shopping
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