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James Hawes giving evidence on British film and high-end television to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee at the Houses of Parliament, London. Picture date: Wednesday February 21, 2024.

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A night at the soap opera

British director James Hawes recently testified to Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport committee that AI might be able to make realistic soap operas within three to five years. That number comes from Hawes’ own polling of visual effects professionals in the film industry and lawyers advising the Hollywood screenwriters union in its negotiations with major studios this summer.

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An artificial intelligence sign is displayed on a phone screen, with the shape of a human face and binary code in an illustration.

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AI will get stronger in 2024

While its lawyers are suing the world’s most powerful AI firms, reporters at The New York Times’ are simultaneously trying to make sense of this important emerging technology — namely, how rapidly it’s progressing before our eyes.

On Monday, veteran tech reporter Cade Metz suggested that AI will get stronger in innumerable ways.

“The A.I. industry this year is set to be defined by one main characteristic: a remarkably rapid improvement of the technology as advancements build upon one another, enabling A.I. to generate new kinds of media, mimic human reasoning in new ways and seep into the physical world through a new breed of robot,” Metz writes.

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