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⚡️AI helped nail down the artist behind a mystery painting

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Happy Friday, creatives!

You’re ready to get to the weekend so we’re ready to get you through the news you need to know.

From funny critters to Elon’s new Tesla model to T-Swift fixing the economy, these are the changes hitting the world of creative professionals.

Oh and a fun story about AI identifying a Raphael painting.

Enjoy yourself, keep pushing,

—Clayton

Trends & Changes

🐈It’s time.

The most important pet photography championship there is has arrived.

The economy COVID-19 destroyed might be saved by none other than Taylor Swift.

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve has credited Taylor Swift's Eras Tour with boosting hotel revenues for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

🤖Google Bard is going out to more countries — and with it, the company has seen a rise in stock prices.

Bard, Google’s answer to ChatGPT in the AI language model arms race, is now available in over 40 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.

Ahhhh global domination.

📃What’s interesting is that with xAI rolling out this week alongside Anthropic becoming available, we’re seeing ChatGPT’s temporary monopoly begin to see real competitors.

Obviously, I use the term “monopoly” loosely — so long as anyone can build a language model, they can challenge ChatGPT.

That being said, ChatGPT has entered into such wide use through its API, ChatGPT rose in rapid prominence.

Now, though, we’ll have to see.

💾 Sure, OpenAI I’m sure would like to stay on top, given its mission of trying to bring Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) into existence safely (making a virtual monopoly ideal for that to work).

As the New York Times notes, Anthropic’s creators are nervous about AI.

So maybe it’s equally true of those who rule and those who build AI — the people in charge ought to be most reverent of the power they wield.

Artosphere

🖌While the controversy around AI and art has largely been about its generative uses, we might have found something we are all down with: using AI to figure out history.

🎨In this case, it’s a hotly-debated painting — in the spotlight because of its mysterious origins for some 40 years.

👨‍💻But — recent analysis using AI-assisted facial recognition has pinned it down: it’s from the great Renaissance master Raphael.

How do we know we know?

The analysis shows the faces in the painting were identical to those in Raphael’s famous altarpiece.

🖼The mystery painting — known as the de Brécy Tondo — resembles Raphael's Sistine Madonna.

The painting will be publicly displayed in the University of Bradford.

🎨Professor Hassan Ugail of the University of Bradford developed the AI model to recognize old masters' paintings.

Through the marvels of modern technology, comparing details such as brush strokes and pigments.

▶️What mysteries of history do you hope AI will eventually solve?

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Techno-Wizard School

Tesla is reportedly in talks with the Indian government to build a factory in India. The factory would produce an affordable electric vehicle (EV) rumored to be called the Model 2.

The Model 2 is targeting a price tag of $25,000 and may be announced in 2024. There are no specific details about the Model 2's specifications or features yet. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has previously mentioned that the smaller vehicle would have roughly half the production cost of the Model 3 and operate primarily in autonomous mode.

Tesla has expressed its intent to enter the Indian market since 2017 and previously met with India's prime minister to discuss it. The potential factory in India could have an annual production capacity of up to 500,000 EVs and a price of around 2 million Indian rupees ($24,000).

Tesla could consider using India as a base for exporting its EVs to the Indo-Pacific region. Tesla faces competition in China from local EV manufacturers like BYD, Nio, and Zeekr, but has a significant presence in the country through its Gigafactory in Shanghai.