The New York Times vs. OpenAI

PLUS: Sam Altman poaches Apple designer

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

The New York Times just dropped a major legal bomb on OpenAI and Microsoft— suing the AI leaders for allegedly using millions of its articles without permission to train AI models.

With copyright rules still murky in the AI streets, this landmark case could be a make-or-break moment for the future of how LLMs are developed. Let’s investigate…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • NYT sues OpenAI/Microsoft over content usage

  • Sam Altman poaches Apple designer for AI hardware startup

  • How to generate motion video with Leonardo

  • Research: Alibaba releases lifelike avatar maker

  • 9 new AI tools & 4 new AI jobs

  • More AI & tech news

Read time: 4 minutes



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The Rundown: The New York Times just sued Microsoft and OpenAI for copyright infringement over the alleged unauthorized use of millions of Times articles to train AI systems like ChatGPT.

The details:

  • The media outlet alleges its content was copied verbatim without permission for training ChatGPT and in Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

  • The lawsuit comes as OpenAI is in talks to reportedly raise at $100B valuation from investors.

  • The NYT said previous talks broke down with Microsoft and OpenAI in April over reaching an agreement on usage of its articles.

  • OpenAI recently struck deals with Axel Springer (Politico, Business Insider) and the Associated Press for news content.

Why it matters: This case will test the legal boundaries around AI's use of copyrighted news content without permission – a true Napster moment for LLMs. If the NYT wins, it could force tech giants to strike content deals and slow AI advancements — a major blow to the future of ChatGPT.


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Image source: The Rundown

The Rundown: Apple's famed designer, Jony Ive, has reportedly recruited the iPhone's outgoing design chief to launch a stealthy AI consumer hardware startup alongside OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.

The details:

  • Tang Tan, VP of iPhone design, will leave Apple in February to join Ive's LoveFrom studio on the project.

  • The startup is still early-stage, but aims to build advanced AI products for the home.

  • LoveFrom now has more than 20 former Apple employees in its ranks — and a previous three-year consulting deal with Apple ended in 2022.

  • The news comes after Altman was fired in part for angering OpenAI's board by fundraising for side projects (like this endeavor with Ive).

Why it matters: The Apple brain drain is real. With two towering figures in design and AI joining forces, this new endeavor could yield the next breakthrough in consumer AI gadgets. With Apple losing talent, Ive's new startup might become one of its biggest rivals.


Prompt: “Waves crashing on a beautiful Caribbean beach”

The Rundown: Leonardo just released a powerful new motion feature, giving users the ability to easily turn static AI-generated images into animated videos.


  1. Head to and launch the app — the free plan allows for 150 generations a day.

  2. Generate an image by typing a prompt into the text box — you can play around with the model, style, elements, etc., for varied outputs.

  3. After a few seconds, your image generations will appear. Hover over the one you’d like to animate and click ‘generate motion video’.


Image source: Alibaba Group

The Rundown: Alibaba researchers just revealed Make-A-Character (Mach), an AI system that turns text prompts into realistic 3D avatars in minutes by utilizing LLM and vision models.

The details:

  • Mach leverages models like Stable Diffusion and ControlNet to generate detailed reference portraits from text.

  • The portraits then guide geometry and texture generation to craft customizable heads and faces.

  • Hair is synthesized strand-by-strand for enhanced realism, while full bodies are assembled from a library of 3D assets matched to the prompt.

  • The avatars are also compatible with common animation pipelines.

Why it matters: Mach makes creating expressive 3D avatars accessible to general users instead of just professional artists — and as virtual worlds continue to grow, tech like Mach could greatly expand the diversity and realism of avatars.


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Entrupy unveiled an AI tool that analyzes photos to authenticate major luxury brands like Louis Vuitton with a reported 99.1% accuracy.

Elon Musk predicted AI movies will be a reality in 2024, commenting on a tweet that showed Pika Labs video generation advancements.

Meta's Chief AI Scientist, Yann LeCun, says terrorists likely lack the resources to exploit open-source AI for malicious ends, citing limited access to GPUs and talent.

Assistive launched Assistive Video, a new early alpha generative video platform that creates 4-second videos from text and image prompts.

The Apple Vision Pro headset is reportedly set for release in late January or early February, with 500,000 units expected to ship in 2023.

Pika Labs opened its text-to-video AI platform Pika 1.0 to the public for free, allowing users to generate 3D, anime, and cinematic videos from text prompts.

MyHeritage released two AI tools to help users find ancestral records via conversational AI and generate Wikipedia-style biographies for relatives.



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