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The complicated world of AI copyright

AI am not a lawyer

Welcome to Lowpass, a newsletter about the future of entertainment and the next big hardware platforms, including smart TVs, ambient computing and AR / VR. This week: Why copyright law might lead to “Halt and Catch Fire”-style AI prompt clean rooms, and why an AR glasses company made its own TV dongle.

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Get ready for AI prompt clean rooms

If you’ve followed my work for a while, you may have noticed that I have written very little about AI in recent months. Part of that has been a bit of a contrarian move. Everyone’s been hyping AI nonstop these days, often painting it as something entirely new, even though many of the foundational technologies have been around for years. Plus, how many articles about ChatGTP can you really read, or for that matter, write? (Unless you’re ChatGTP, of course, in which case the answer is: countless).

However, part of my hesitancy to write about the topic also has to do with the fact that I have admittedly been uncertain about the technology’s real impact on the future of the entertainment industry. It’s easy to proclaim that AI will change everything, but much harder to figure out how exactly that will happen. Case in point: AI’s impact on copyright is complicated, far-reaching, and very much a minefield waiting for all of us to stumble into.

But it’s also very much a topic that deserves attention at this very moment — which is why I decided to not remain on the sidelines any longer, but dive in headfirst. I know, I said it was a minefield, but what’s the worst that could happen?

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