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  • Join AppleInsider live at the Steve Jobs Theater for Apple's iPhone X & iPhone 8 unveiling...

    Love the pictures of the hands-on area (currently behind the huge columnar wall in the space below the lobby; that wall won't be there when they exit the theater).  The stone is beautiful as well.

  • Photo of Steve Jobs Theater construction show leather seats with integrated power outlets

    There are some really interesting things in the building (including bathtubs, a giant disappearing wall, and - as can be seen in the photos - three sections of seating that can be lowered on hydraulics).  Apple submitted floor plans with all this info to the city of Cupertino during the approval process.

    I collected the more interesting bits about the theater in a blog post here:

  • FTC challenges Facebook's antitrust suit dismissal request

    If Facebook has a revenue stream and is a social media company, then there clearly is a social media market.

    Just because there is a 3rd party business model (FB, users, advertisers), doesn't mean there is any less of a social media market than there is where there are only 2 parties involved.
  • AI art generators targeted in lawsuit for intellectual property theft

    Going to toss this out there:

    - archive.org caches copyrighted images aplenty
    - google and other search engines do the same
    - your browser, same

    There's something to be said about Terms of Service that allows for specific use cases where an automated system is allowed to access resources for specific purposes and with specific limitations (that is, search engines can't display the full text of articles - only a snippet, etc.).  If the AI models were trained on images via a process that violated ToS, then yes, they'd be in violation of those terms, and probably copyright as well (IANAL).  However, I'm not sure there's proof the plaintiffs can bring that their specific works were accessed in violation of ToS during the training process.  If they can, they might have a leg to stand on and the models might need to be retrained a bit more carefully, but could still perform similarly.

    I'm guessing not every published resource on the web must have a ToS explicitly enabling machine bulk access like spidering/crawling, or search engines could never exist.  I therefore assume only websites that publish a ToS with language explicitly restricting machine access could be considered protected from such.

    On the question of derivation, if a human can look at images, learn from them, and then have in mind the ideas of what a cat or a car looks like, or develop a heuristic for what a given artist's style is, then I think using a tool to do the same (look at images, learn from them, and generate something based on that learning) is no different.  Unless I greatly misunderstand what the model contains or how it works, it doesn't retain a copy of all the images, nor does it reference them during generation - only it's "learning".  I'm fine with that, even if it upends some things.