Scarlett Johansson says OpenAI ripped off her voice

Scarlett Johansson says OpenAI ripped off her voice

Actor Scarlett Johansson says OpenAI CEO Sam Altman used a voice similar to hers for its artificial intelligence voice software despite declining his invitation for its use. The response comes after OpenAI said it would pull its ChatGPT AI voice dubbed ”Sky”, which launched last week amid controversy over it sounding like Johansson’s voice in the movie ”Her.” Johansson said Altman approached her last September and then again two days before it announced ChatGPT-4o on May 13. The actor played the voice character in the film ”Her” about a man who forms a relationship with an AI virtual assistant named...

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China pledges billions in measures to support struggling property sector

China pledges billions in measures to support struggling property sector

China announced ”historic” steps to stabilize the crisis-hit property sector on May 17, 2024, allowing local governments to buy ”some” apartments, relaxing mortgage rules and pledging to deliver unfinished homes.  Nurphoto | Nurphoto | Getty Images BEIJING — Chinese authorities on Friday pledged new support for state-owned enterprises to enable them to buy unsold apartments, in an effort that could help developers get more funding to finish construction on pre-sold properties. These and other measures announced Friday marked Beijing’s latest efforts to address issues in the massive real estate sector. ”I think it is encouraging that the policy is taking...

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OpenAI dissolves Superalignment AI safety team

OpenAI dissolves Superalignment AI safety team

OpenAI has disbanded its team focused on the long-term risks of artificial intelligence just one year after the company announced the group, a person familiar with the situation confirmed to CNBC on Friday. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said some of the team members are being reassigned to multiple other teams within the company. The news comes days after both team leaders, OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever and Jan Leike, announced their departures from the Microsoft-backed startup. Leike on Friday wrote that OpenAI’s ”safety culture and processes have taken a backseat to shiny products.” OpenAI’s Superalignment team, announced last year, has...

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Golfer Scottie Scheffler arrested at PGA event in Louisville

Golfer Scottie Scheffler arrested at PGA event in Louisville

Scottie Scheffler, the top golfer in the world, was arrested Friday and charged with felony assault on a police officer and reckless driving outside of the PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. Scheffler, 27, was detained after he was seen driving on a median toward the entrance to Valhalla Golf Club, the site of the event, and initially failing to heed an officer’s order for him to stop, according to an ESPN reporter who witnessed the incident. At the time, traffic outside the entrance was being rerouted after a man was hit and killed by a shuttle bus earlier that day....

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What to know about touring world famous wine regions

What to know about touring world famous wine regions

Gone are the days when wine tasting was confined to local wineries or national borders. Today’s consumers crave authentic wine experiences in the land where it’s cultivated. In Europe, where the wine economy is predominantly export-driven, tasting rooms tend to be family-operated. That means there may be just one person serving visitors, and appointments are often hard to schedule. The United States, Australia and South Africa take a more open-door approach, with wineries built to accommodate tourism and walk-in visitors. No matter where your wine travels lead you, consider these questions before heading out: What kind of wine do you...

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Cisco (CSCO) Q3 earnings report 2024

Cisco (CSCO) Q3 earnings report 2024

Chuck Robbins, chief executive officer of Cisco, participates in a Bloomberg interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 17, 2024. Stefan Wermuth | Bloomberg | Getty Images Cisco reported earnings and revenue for the fiscal third quarter that topped Wall Street’s estimates, even with sales dropping from a year earlier. The stock rose as much as 8% in extended trading. Here’s how the company did in comparison with LSEG consensus: Earnings per share: 88 cents adjusted vs. 82 cents expected Revenue: $12.7 billion vs. $12.53 billion expected Cisco’s revenue declined by about 13% year over year...

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China’s overseas students under pressure amid economic uncertainty

China’s overseas students under pressure amid economic uncertainty

As a growing number of overseas Chinese students run into financial difficulties due to the declining wealth of their families, many go online to express their grief and seek advice on how to cope with the situation. Andersen Ross Photography Inc | Digitalvision | Getty Images When Xiao Zhang went to the U.S. to study in 2019, she never expected that she would one day have to look for odd jobs to help fund her college fees. The 24-year-old Chinese student is currently studying design in an undergraduate program at a university in Alabama. Her parents have so far spent...

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Sri Lanka visa problem was a ‘technical issue’ says tourism minister

Sri Lanka visa problem was a ‘technical issue’ says tourism minister

The cost to obtain a short-term visa to visit Sri Lanka rose from $50 to $100 in April. But the reason for it is disputed. The price hike followed Sri Lanka’s transition from using internal Electronic Travel Authorizations, or ETAs, to an e-visa system operated by the visa processing company VFS Global. Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minster Harin Fernando blamed a ”technical issue,” telling CNBC Thursday that VFS Global ”missed out” on offering 30-day visas when it starting processing visas to the country on April 17. In response, VFS Global said, ”Visa categories were introduced as per the directives of [Sri...

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Australia’s budget is expected to target housing affordability crisis

Australia’s budget is expected to target housing affordability crisis

An aerial photograph of houses and apartments on coastline in North Bondi, Sydney, Australia. Recent reports indicate that Australian home prices are set to continue their upward trend, driven by increasing migration rates and a shortage of housing supply. Andrew Merry | Moment | Getty Images Australia plans to address its climbing home prices in its national budget as the country struggles with a shortage of homes. Despite the Reserve Bank of Australia’s aggressive monetary tightening efforts, home prices have steadily risen since bouncing back from a downturn in 2022. Recent figures by property consultant CoreLogic reveal that home prices...

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NHL CEO, other Latino executives found Latinos in Sports platform

NHL CEO, other Latino executives found Latinos in Sports platform

Xavier Gutierrez, CEO of the Arizona Coyotes and CEO of ImpactX Sports Group (L), and Pedro Guerrero, CEO of Guerrero Media. Courtesy: Guerrero Media When the National Hockey League’s Arizona Coyotes sold its franchise to Utah last month, the league didn’t just lose an Arizona-based team — it also lost its only active Latino chief executive. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Xavier Gutierrez became the Arizona team’s CEO in 2019 after Alex Meruelo, a Cuban-American billionaire, bought the Coyotes a year earlier. Gutierrez had previously been a managing director at private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group and knew Meruelo for about...

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