WednesdAI // Week 13

Dreamscapes Unveiled

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Welcome to WednesdAI – Pixel Dreams’ weekly update with top stories from the rapidly evolving world of Artificial Intelligence.

A lot of news about AI filmmaking advancements and new policies around AI technology so let’s dive right in.

 


 
 

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OpenAI Goes to Hollywood

The company behind ChatGPT is pitching Sora as the future of the film and television industry.

OpenAI has secured meetings with top Hollywood studios and media executives to pitch its text-to-video model, Sora, which can produce realistic video footage based on text prompts as we reported previously. Sora is still in development but its already been a disruptor, with Tyler Perry cancelling an $800 million studio expansion after seeing its capabilities. OpenAI has given several A-list directors and producers access to show them its potential, and if successful, it could kickstart a revolution in the movie and TV industry.

Deadline.com has the full story.

 
 


 
 

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Use Midjourney for Virtual World Creation

MidJourney is expanding its AI technology to include 3D, video, and real-time world simulation.

Initially celebrated for its image-generation AI, Midjourney is taking a giant leap towards creating fully simulated virtual worlds. New AI models will enable users to build video games and film movies within a virtual “open world sandbox.” This innovative direction builds on existing features while setting the stage for a comprehensive virtual environment creation tool. The upcoming v7 model hints at greater capabilities, especially in 3D generation, positioning MidJourney as a key player in the next wave of content creation and virtual experience design.

Get the full details at Tom’s Guide.

 
 


 
 

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NVIDIA Launches Free AI Classes

For those of you just getting started with Artificial Intelligence, or who want to advance your skills and knowledge, NVIDIA offers a range of free, self-paced training courses on topics such as:

  1. Generative AI Explained
  2. Building a Brain in 10 Minutes
  3. Mastering Reccomender Systems
  4. Augment your LLM with Retrieval Augmented Generation
  5. Networking Introduction
  6. AI in the Data Center
  7. Building RAG Agents with LLMs
  8. How to Perform Large-Scale Image Classification

Browse the entire course catalogue at NVIDIA.com.

 
 


 
 

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YouTubers Must Now Label AI Content

YouTube has announced a new policy that now requires content creators to add an ‘altered or synthetic content’ label to their videos, if AI tools were used.

An exception to this rule is if AI was used to write scripts, generate ideas, add beauty filters, or create unrealistic content (eg. imaginary figures and specialist effects).

Although they haven’t introduced specific enforcement measures, they’ve warned YouTubers that non-compliance could result in account suspension and demonetization.

Get the full details at The Verge.

 
 


 
 

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Anguilla Scores Big in the AI Boom

There’s .UK for United Kingdom. Then .CN for China. And in Canada, we have the .CA domain extension.

In the early days of the Internet, the island nation of Anguilla was assigned .AI as its domain extension. As companies race to register .AI domain names, the tiny country of 16,000 residents receives a portion of every sale. Last year their share of domain fees exceeded $32 million – about 10% of their GDP. The country uses the funds to provide free healthcare to everyone over the age of 70, and this year they’re undertaking a huge renovation of their airport and sports facilities.

Read the full story in The Straits Times.

 
 


 
 

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Sora First Impressions + Videos of the Week

A small group of artists and filmmakers (including the shy kids collective from Toronto) were invited to each create a short film using Sora, marking the first time the platform has been used for storytelling beyond a single shot.

Watch shy kids’ film “Air Head”:

 
 

Watch “Beyond Our Reality” by Don Allen Stevenson III:

Watch all the new Sora-generated short films, with a brief statement by each artist, here.

 
 

Independent Creator Dustin Hollywood has steadily been releasing previews of a short film called The Last Artist that will be generated entirely in AI. Here are his latest preview clips:

 

With narrative filmmakers working on cool stuff and Hollywood on their way into the space, the world of AI filmmaking is about to explode so stay tuned to WednesdAI for the top AI news stories and our favorite AI videos every week.

 
 


 
 

The images accompanying the news items in this article were generated in Midjourney using the following prompts:

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robots making a movie, operating cameras and acting, fun vibe, “HOLLYWOOD” sign in the background, cinematic 35mm film

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A photograph of the digital construction phase of a virtual world, showcasing virtual architects designing intricate buildings and landscapes on holographic interfaces. Bright screens illuminating focused faces, lines of code flowing into 3D models of cities and nature.

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cinematic wide shot of a humanoid robot pointing at words on a blackboard, instructing a classroom of happy children. Two children raise their hand. The room is decorated with alphabet posters and toys. The image is a still from an inspirational award-winning drama movie in the 1990s

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a cinematic wide shot of a promo booth at an urban festival with a giant sign reading “AI”. The booth is staffed by bubbly, happy promo girls with big smiles and sunglasses

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beautiful cinematic shot of a Carribean native sitting on the Beach, counting tall piles of cash


 
 

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