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conflict between actors, writers and other creative professionals
and the major movie and TV studios represents a flashpoint in the radical
transformation roiling the entertainment industry. The ongoing strikes
by the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild were sparked
in part by artificial intelligence and its use in the movie
and writers fear that the major studios, including Amazon/MGM, Apple,
Disney/ABC/Fox, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount/CBS, Sony, Warner Bros.
and HBO, will use generative AI to exploit them. Generative AI is a
form of artificial intelligence that learns from text and images to
produce new written and visual works.
So what specifically
are the writers and actors afraid of? I'm a professor
of cinematic arts. I conducted a brief exercise that illustrates
I typed the
following sentence into ChatGPT: Create a script for a 5-minute film
featuring Barbie and Ken. In seconds, a script appeared.
Next, I asked
for a shot list, a breakdown of every camera shot needed for the film.
Again, a response appeared almost instantly, featuring not only a "montage
of fun activities," but also a fancy flashback sequence. The closing
line suggested a wide shot showing "Barbie and Ken walking away
from the beach together, hand in hand."
Next, on a
text-to-video platform, I typed these words into a box labeled "Prompt":
"Cinematic movie shot of Margot Robbie as Barbie walking near the
beach, early morning light, pink sun rays illuminating the screen, tall
green grass, photographic detail, film grain."
About a minute
later, a 3-second video appeared. It showed a svelte blond woman walking
on the beach. Is it Margot Robbie? Is it Barbie? It's hard to say. I
decided to add my own face in place of Robbie's just for fun, and in
seconds, I've made the swap.
I now have
a moving image clip on my desktop that I can add to the script and shot
list, and I'm well on my way to crafting a short film starring someone
sort of like Margot Robbie as Barbie.
None of this
material is particularly good. The script lacks tension and poetic grace.
The shot list is uninspired. And the video is just plain weird-looking.
ability for anyone - amateurs and professionals alike - to create a
screenplay and conjure the likeness of an existing actor means that
the skills once specific to writers and the likeness that an actor once
could uniquely call his or her own are now readily available - with
questionable quality, to be sure - to anyone with access to these free
rate of technological change, the quality of all this material created
through generative AI is destined to improve visually, not only for
people like me and social media creatives globally, but possibly for
the studios, which are likely to have access to much more powerful computers.
Further, these separate steps - preproduction, screenwriting, production,
postproduction - could be absorbed into a streamlined prompting system
that bears little resemblance to today's art and craft of moviemaking.
that, at best, they will be hired to edit screenplays drafted by AI.
They fear that their creative work will be swallowed whole into databases
as the fodder for writing tools to sample. And they fear that their
specific expertise will be pushed aside in favor of "prompt engineers,"
or those skilled at working with AI tools.
fret that they will be forced to sell their likeness once, only to see
it used over and over by studios. They fear that deepfake technologies
will become the norm, and real, live actors won't be needed at all.
And they worry that not only their bodies but their voices will be taken,
synthesized and reused without continued compensation. And all of this
is on top of dwindling
incomes for the vast majority of actors.
On the road
to the AI future
fears justified? Sort of. In June 2023, Marvel showcased titles - opening
sequences with episode names - for the series "Secret Invasion"
on Disney+ that were created in part with AI tools. The use of AI by
a major studio sparked
controversy due in part to the timing and fears about AI
displacing people from their jobs. Further, series director and executive
producer Ali Selim's tone-deaf
description of the use of AI only added to the sense that
there is little concern at all about those fears.
Then on July
26, software developer Nicholas Neubert posted a
48-second trailer for a sci-fi film made with images made
by AI image generator Midjourney and motion created by Runway's image-to-motion
generator, Gen-2. It looks terrific. No screenwriter was hired. No actors
earlier this month, a company called Fable released Showrunner AI, which
is designed to allow users to submit images and voices, along with a
brief prompt. The tool responds by creating entire episodes that include
have been using South
Park as their sample, and they have presented plausible new
episodes of the show that integrate viewers as characters in the story.
The idea is to create a new form of audience engagement. However, for
both writers and actors, Showrunner AI must be chilling indeed.
recently produced a commercial that features an AI reincarnation of
Brazilian musician Elis Regina, who died in 1982. Directed by Dulcidio
Caldeira, it shows the musician as she appears to sing a duet with her
daughter. For some, the song was a beautiful revelation, crafting a
poignant mother-daughter reunion.
others, the AI regeneration of someone who has died prompts worries
about how one's likeness might be used after death. What if you are
morally opposed to a particular film project, TV show or commercial?
How will actors - and others - be able to retain control?
and writers in the credits
actors' fears could be assuaged if the entertainment industry developed
a convincing and inclusive vision that acknowledges advances in AI,
but that collaborates with writers and actors, not to mention cinematographers,
directors, art designers and others, as partners.
At the moment,
developers are rapidly building and improving AI tools. Production companies
are likely to use them to dramatically cut costs, which will contribute
to a massive shift toward a gig-oriented economy. If the dismissive
toward writers and actors held by many
of the major studios continues, not only will there be little consideration
of the needs of writers and actors, but technology development will
lead the conversation.
if the tools were designed with the participation of informed actors
and writers? What kind of tool would an actor create? What would a writer
create? What sorts of conditions regarding intellectual property, copyright
and creativity would developers consider? And what sort of inclusive,
forward-looking, creative cinematic ecosystem might evolve? Answering
these questions could give actors and writers the assurances they seek
and help the industry adapt in the age of AI.
Mad Scientists Soar to New Heights | Hello World with Ashlee Vance
Switzerland is full of advanced tech startups, thanks to business-friendly
laws and an appetite for new ideas. We visit an inventor who makes drones
do miraculous things and a company thats growing human skin in
the trends reshaping the media business, including the shift from ownership
to generated content, the rise of streaming services, and the digitization
of everything. He expresses concerns about the impact of these trends
on the entertainment industry and the potential for studios to exploit
actors' likenesses. Robert also highlights the emergence of tech companies
as major players in the entertainment industry. - AI summary by Zoom
My book, Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized
World, was selected as the 2016 International Book of the Year
from a field of 10,000 business books at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Digital technology has
overturned entire industries and irrevocably altered the way we live
and work. But the changes are far from over: now, tech is set to transform
our planet and society in once unimaginable ways.
In his groundbreaking
new book Vaporized, Robert Tercek takes us inside the world's largest
cultural and economic transformation since the Industrial Revolution,
and explains what it means for consumers, employers, and policymakers.
Tercek does for digital
business theory what Malcolm Gladwell has done for sociology, translating
a complex subject into approachable and relevant terms. Insightful
and optimistic, Tercek presents a practical blueprint for survival
that no business leader, from Fortune 500 CEO to small startup owner,
can afford to ignore.
Robert Tercek keynote speaker, board member and facilitator of strategic planning
AUM TAT SAT - Nritya Yoga in The Light
of Sri Aurobindo
A 3 act exploration of
Sri Aurobindo's visionary experience and interpretation of AUM TAT SAT
across His Works including Essays on the Gita, Record
AUM TAT SAT (All That is Truth) is an offering for Sri Aurobindo's 150th
birth anniversary. It was performed at Sri Aurobindo International Centre
of Education, Sri Aurobindo Ashram on 25th August and Amphitheatre,
Matrimandir, Auroville on 30th August.
script & music composition
by Arnab Bishnu Chowdhury
choreography by Madhumita Patnaik, Devasmita Patnaik, Grace Gitadelila
co-created with 50 artists from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Europe,
Russia & USA
About Arnab Bishnu
Arnab is the founder of Know
Your Rhythm (KYR) a training programme that
helps participants discover their Musicality and their own sense of
Rhythm in life and work. Through joyful immersive exercises,
KYR creates conditions for participants to experience Aha!
Moments, raising empathy, teamwork and productivity.
At SLI, KYR weaves exercises
with paradigms of culture and Musicality found across agri-culture,
management, rural development, folklore, livelihood and climate change.
KYR has engaged several
thousands of teachers (KG onward) with young learners, special educators,
govt. officials, women self-help groups, youth, managers, university
professors, policy makers, scientists, therapists, patients, nurses,
doctors and seekers from all walks of life at conferences and workshops
in India, Austria, France, Belgium, Russia, Thailand and China. Papers
have been published in Music & Medicine Journal, International Journal
of Pharma & Bio Sciences.
KYR was selected among
the 8 training programs worldwide to be presented as a Pre-Congress
seminar at the 14th World Congress for Music Therapy at University of
Music & Performing Arts, Vienna.
Arnab is a composer
musician trainer explorer of Consciousness with Music
as medium, a third generation from a family of Indian Classical musicians,
he offers Composition, Training and Therapy services.
The first infinite trajectory
hyperloop testing facility in the world, built in Switzerland.
Our mission is to ensure high-speed transportation is sustainable and
efficient using fully-electric Hyperloop pods, a breakthrough technology
that allows for the scalable and fast travel between distant cities.
We are currently safely
building the most affordable and energy-efficient pods, and bringing
together a strong team of multidisciplinary experts passionate about
disrupting high-speed travel.
Swisspod is an EPFL spinoff
founded in 2019 by Hyperloop veterans and multiple award winners of
the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition. The company is headquartered in Monthey,
Switzerland, with U.S. offices in Miami Beach, Florida.
... enables low cost decarbonization with
atmospheric carbon removal and green hydrogen production at a massive
Equatics carbon removal plants use four inputs (seawater, air,
rock, and renewable electricity) to remove and store carbon dioxide
while simultaneously generating carbon-negative hydrogen. Equatic passes
an electrical current through seawater(electrolysis) and then passes
atmospheric air through the processed seawater(direct air capture);
these steps trap carbon dioxide in solid minerals and as dissolved bicarbonate
ions that are naturally found in the oceans, ensuring that the trapped
carbon dioxide will remain stable for 10,000+years. Finally, Equatic
uses rock to neutralize the processed seawater and ensure that the oceans
chemistry is unaffected.
This patented process is the key to delivering
scalable, high-quality carbon removal, permanent storage, and accessible,
carbon-negative hydrogen fuel.
The Wisest Ways To Global AI Regulation by IEEE Spectrum
world, legislators are grappling with generative AI's potential for
both innovation and destruction. Russell Wald is the Director of Policy
for Stanford's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.
In this episode, he talks with IEEE Spectrum senior editor Eliza Strickland
about creating humane regulations that are able to cope with a rapidly
This book aims to present dominant applications
and use cases of the fast-evolving DT and determines vital Industry 4.0
technologies for building DT that can provide solutions for fighting local
and globalmedical emergencies during pandemics. Moreover, it discusses
a new framework integrating DT and blockchain technology to provide a
more efficient and effective preventive conservation in different applications.
Aboul Ella Hassanein
Dr Aboul Ella
Hassanein is the Founder and Head of the Egyptian Scientific Research
Group (SRGE), Cairo Univesrity, and a Professor of Information Technology
at the Faculty of Computer and Information, Cairo University. Professor
Hassanien is ex-dean of the faculty of computers and information, Beni
Professor of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, Helwan University,
Rector at Technical University
of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Now: The World in 2050 | Jeffrey Sachs, Jane Goodall, Obiora Ike, Brian
Wong by GIFT ed
Why Act Now, GIFT.eds flagship discussion series with visionary
thinkers, renowned experts, and passionate activists from around the
world. From economic transformation to technological innovation, from
climate change to public health, Why Act Now bridges the gap between
understanding and doing.
THE WORLD IN 2050
Were very excited to announce that the inaugural edition of Why
Act Now will feature Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Jane Goodall (DBE),
Monsignor Professor Dr. Obiora Ike, and Dr. Brian Wong.
Together, these esteemed
experts will engage in crucial discussions centred around The World
in 2050. By examining how our societies function today, learners will
gain an understanding of future realities and why we need to take action
now to redesign society for greater resilience and equity.
is a world-renowned economics
professor, bestselling author, innovative educator, and global leader
in sustainable development.
Janes work builds
on innovative science, growing a lifetime of advocacy particularly through
her global organization the Jane Goodall Institute, founded in 1977.
Her trailblazing efforts advance community-led conservation through
JGIs Tacare approach which empowers local communities toown the
process of sustainable development and conservation, and through Roots
& Shoots, JGIs international youth program which supports
young people in more than 60 countries to create positive change in
Today, Jane continues to connect with worldwide audiences, despite the
challenges of the pandemic, through Virtual Jane including
remote lectures, recordings, and her podcast, the Jane Goodall
Hopecast. In 2021, Jane was the recipient of the Templeton Prize,
and published her newest book, The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide
for Trying Times.
Monsignor Prof. Obiora Ike is a Professor
of Ethics and Intercultural Studies at the Godfrey Okoye University
in Enugu State, Nigeria. He is the Founding Director of the Catholic
Institute of Development, Justice, Peace and Caritas (CIDJAP); Chairman
of Umuchinemere Pro-credit Microfinance Bank Limited; Chairman of the
Enugu State Economic Advisory Committee. He is the immediate past Executive
Director of the Geneva-based GlobEthics.net.
Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced "keep"),
a category-creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile
advertising through an innovative platform that leverages "moments
of achievement" in games and apps to simultaneously benefit users,
developers and advertisers.
Deploying Digital Twins
to Combat Climate Change
At the Greentech Livestream Day of the Must High Tech Expo, Qatiums
very own Damien Acheson shared his thoughts on how deploying Digital
Twins can help utilities, municipalities and governments to combat climate
Water and wastewater systems
contribute significantly to our carbon footprint. In fact, according
to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they produce up to
2% of the US energy consumption, with energy representing 40%
of a water distribution systems operating costs.
To kick things off, Damien
clarifies what a Digital Twin is exactly, before discussing how sensors,
IOT enabled devices, 5G and the Cloud provide an abundance of available
Damien then shares a real-life
example of how a mid-sized city in North America is leveraging Digital
Twin technology to better understand their network and run what-if scenarios.
The result: reduced energy costs, a lower carbon footprint and optimized
Earth new digital twin of the Earth will help tackle climate
change and protect nature
Earth (DestinE) aims to develop on a global scale
- a highly accurate digital model of the Earth to monitor and predict
the interaction between natural phenomena and human activities. As part
of the European Commissions Green Deal and Digital Strategy, DestinE
will contribute to achieving the objectives of the twin transition,
green and digital.
DestinE will unlock the
potential of digital modelling of the Earth systems at a level that
represents a real breakthrough in terms of accuracy, local detail, access-to-information
speed and interactivity. The initial focus will be on the effects of
climate change and extreme weather events, their socio-economic impact
and possible adaptation and mitigation strategies. Through the unprecedented
observation and simulation capabilities of DestinE, empowered by Europes
HPC computers and AI capacity, we will be better prepared to respond
to major natural disasters, adapt to climate change and predict the
socioeconomic impact. By consolidating access to valuable sources of
data across Europe, DestinE represents also a key component of the European
strategy for data.
European Digital Twin of the Ocean by MERCATOROCEAN
twin is a virtual replication of a real-world object, system, or process.
Extensively used in engineering and manufacturing, digital twins are
increasingly being used to capture natural world properties and behaviours,
revolutionising our knowledge and providing a safe and controlled environment
to simulate scenarios, monitor and analyse impacts on existing entities.
Operational digital twins in the urban water
by International Water Association
The aim of this white paper
is to highlight how digital twins can help the water industry to improve
performance of its infrastructure. The white paper presents two case
studies where online digital twins are used for operational decision
support: one in a sewer network and the other in a water resource recovery
and Digital Twins for Better Forest Management by Interpine Innovation
Natural Resources Commission Forest Monitoring and Improvement Program
Mobile LiDAR Scanning.
Interpine in New Zealand
is committed to shaping todays forests with the technology
of tomorrow. Our research and innovation sets us apart from other
industry providers as we continue development of step change technology
in the forestry sector. It is based on a committed management team of
professional foresters and backed up by qualified technicians and data
analysts that provide credible solutions across the sector.
We are proud of our Maori
heritage and the influence it brings to the business culture. Interpine
believes our Maori values in oranga wairua, oranga whanau, oranga whenua
will survive any circumstance if we can continue to embrace our role
as kaitiaki, the primary focus being the health and wellbeing of all
peoples. These values are infused into Interpine services strengthening
our commitment to all those we work with; a unique characteristic that
sets Interpine apart. Project
Digital twins in plant breeding - Rick van de Zedde
by Seed Valley
Rick van de Zedde, working at Netherlands Plant
Eco-phenotyping Centre at WUR shows us in this Talk why we grow tomatoes,
Phenotyping plants costs
hours, this means there is a lot of brainpower wasted. At Wageningen
University & Research they develop vision technology specifically
for this measurement. The next step is to develop digital twins. What
would we gain if we grow plants virtually? It becomes possible to predict
how plants grow under different circumstances.
For over 30 years, Morris Misel (Miselowski),
acclaimed global business futurist, in demand presenter and sought-after
international media commentator, has been hypothesising about what the
Turns out he was right.
Nothing feels more natural
to Morris Misel (Miselowski) than challenging the status quo. Hes
forever imagining what a different world might look like.
Morris was born to be a
futurist. The son of World War 2 refugees, who barely survived the world
imploding around them, he grew up in a household that believed there
would always be a better tomorrow.
This belief has become
his lifelong passion. Through powerful storytelling, and practical and
uncanny insights, Morris takes some of the worlds biggest organisations
and brands on a journey that enables them to see what tomorrow might
look like long before they experience it.
A hell-raiser to the core.
Morris is known to hurl metaphorical hand-grenades into rooms to push
companies to unshackle from legacy systems and stuck-in-the past thinking.
A conversation with Morris
often starts with making people uncomfortable, in order to get them
comfortable to dream big, bold, audacious dreams.
Hes teeming with
questions about the world around us. Through childlike wonder and curiosity,
Morris approaches organisational challenges from the viewpoint that
tomorrow is under our control and it can be transformed.
Hes no Nostradamus
though. Through his depth-of-knowledge he hypothesises, rather than
predicts what lies ahead.
For over 30 years, Morris
has been methodically collecting evidence and information across 160
industries. Hes also picked up an assortment of weird and wonderful
facts, much like a bowerbird. Its through this wide lens that
he provides bespoke and matter-of-fact exchanges, exercises and experiences
so organisations can understand what their future potential might be
in the marketplace.
Through his inquisitiveness
and human-centric approach to future thinking, Morris motivates businesses
to do things differently by shifting and shaping their thinking.
He assists them to see their own industry with a clarity they may not
have been able to before.
Its these a-ha moments
that gives Morris the greatest joy and drive.
Morris has identified opportunities
in all sorts of areas, from dynamic architecture and active bedding
to the aged-care workforce and digital twinning. He was speaking about
digital wallets, branded fruit and vegetables and smart homes and cities
well before they became a reality.
To Morris, everything that
businesses do and believe in is a construct of the mind. It can be broken
down and rebuilt for a successful future.
To get to where he is,
Morris has worn many hats. By the age of 18, he was living the entrepreneurial
life running a direct mail business. However, moving from his garage-bound
start-up to the global stage, including delivering a TEDx talk, took
a few more steps. He spent many years, simultaneously growing his consultancy
and as an academic, lecturing in management and marketing and even spent
10 years behind prison bars, volunteering as a visiting Chaplain.
Hes also Australias
first and only futurist in the Einstein 100 Genius (G100) alumni, an
honour he shares with the exceptional, Barbara Streisand. More recently
Morris has joined Griffith University as an Adjunct Industry Fellow.
No matter your business
type, Morris will assist you to smash all the barriers that are boxing
you in. He is lively, forthright and a truly global thinker, who will
awaken your creative force.