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💡 Byteside Weekly: Are AI art programs a tool or a cheat?

An AI artwork wins a local art competition. Is that fair? Plus other curated links on digital twins, USB4 Version 2 confusion, the end of SIM cards, and plenty more.

Seamus Byrne
Seamus Byrne
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💡 Byteside Weekly: Are AI art programs a tool or a cheat?
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Byteside Weekly Edition: September 9, 2022

Took a little longer than expected to get everything migrated correctly, but we're now setup in our new home for all things Byteside. The newsletter you've been signed up to for as long as three years for some of you is now the Byteside Weekly Edition, going back to the roots and sharing great links curated each Friday.

If you're after the columns they will now move to a Premium second newsletter. But you'll still find commentary around each week's links here!

I'll be sending out a special explainer edition next week along with a discount code to thank everyone who's already been following and supporting Byteside newsletters to date.

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Cult of the Lamb developer reveals how the creepy hit was made
Cult of the Lamb is yet another Aussie game dev success story. Creative Director Julian Winton explains how much work went into refining the game’s satisfying systems.

This week's High Resolution podcast talks to the team behind this cute-and-creepy hit game.

Australian News

Tech giants rally against data localisation in Australia
Global tech giants and their industry associations have rallied against the federal government introducing localisation requirements for data storage, arguing that there is no inherent benefit to cybersecurity and such a regime could impede the economy. But several others have called for the governm…
Telstra, Optus push back on data localisation
Like government’s Global Switch exit project, only more expensive.

How important is local data for the future of sovereignty? It certainly costs more, so it makes all of the sense that the big players, both global and local, want to avoid having to do it. But if they're forced to, wouldn't that help reduce costs for all the smaller players too?

NBN Co looks to build a digital twin
Two people being hired to construct and maintain it.

'Digital twins' is one of those terms you probably want to start grappling with if you want to see where the melding of IoT, AI/ML and infrastructure management are heading.

InnovationAus Awards 2022: Meet our outstanding finalists
There is a fresh wave of optimism breezing through the industry right now, hard on the heels of the Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra. Last week was arguably the first time that tech and innovation leaders have been welcomed into the mainstream conversation of a Prime Minister-convened national sum…

Awarding the innovation sector is a good thing to spotlight great ideas and work out there. Good on InnovationAus for running this one.

Brain Food

An AI-Generated Artwork Won First Place at a State Fair Fine Arts Competition, and Artists Are Pissed
Jason Allen’s AI-generated work “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” took first place in the digital category at the Colorado State Fair.

This has felt like an 'only a matter of time' scenario. There's going to be a very big debate over whether these AI tools are a cheat or a tool. I'm in the latter camp. Once you start playing with these you realise that it takes a lot of testing and tweaking your requests to get a good result. Was it cheating to move from the dark room to digitally processed photography – that now uses AI to improve low light and colour and sharpness? If you learn how to 'code' an AI art tool, the result is yours. But maybe we need new art competition categories to accommodate...

Kids Yell “Poop” At Alexa, And These Musicians Profit
“Alexa, play ‘Poopy Stupid Butt’ again.”
What does GPT-3 “know” about me?
Large language models are trained on troves of personal data hoovered from the internet. So I wanted to know: What does it have on me?
How a Twitter plan to counter extremism fell apart
A research team was midway through a project to help troubled users. Then Elon Musk bought the company
Just a Few People Crowned Some of YouTube’s Earliest Hits
How “coolhunters” helped make YouTube into an internet sensation before the algorithms took over.

News Rounds

USB-C naming to somehow get worse with USB4 Version 2.0
USB-C is getting yet another specification.

The USB Consortium needs to be really careful they don't make that 'ideal single cable' a new confusing mess of differing standards that can't be distinguished by looking at the cable but will have a 'works / doesn't work' problem when you stick in the cable.

The EU wants to enforce better phone battery life and spare parts
The proposals will force spare parts for five years.

Initiatives like this will make a big difference to the rest of us getting better access to long term service and support systems because Australia rarely has the drive to enforce this kind of thing on its own but it sure could piggyback once these rules exist elsewhere.

Apple Removes SIM Card Tray on All iPhone 14 Models in U.S.
Apple today announced that all iPhone 14 models sold in the U.S. do not have a built-in SIM card tray and instead rely entirely on eSIM technology. ...

I feel like there's some deeper thinking to do on the end of physical SIM cards. The iPhone played a big role in ending the 'lock in' of buying a device from a phone company and having to play by their rules. I wonder if exclusive eSIM usage puts more power back in the hands of telcos. Maybe it's all the same, but there's something about having price competition on a shelf in a store versus needing to find providers digitally. On a long enough timeline, maybe it's all the same?

Laurene Powell Jobs, Jony Ive, Tim Cook, and others team up to launch the ‘Steve Jobs Archive’
CodeCon 2022 held an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, former design chief Jony Ive, and Laurene Powell Jobs on Wednesday. Together they talked about the legacy of Steve Jobs and the impact he had on many people’s lives. Now they’ve all teamed up to launch the “Steve Jobs Archive” with important me…

Looking forward to watching the Code Conference session with Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Laurene Powell Jobs talking to Kara Swisher from earlier this week. The Steve Jobs Archive is a lovely tribute to his thinking and his ambitions.

Meta dissolves team responsible for discovering ‘potential harms to society’ in its own products | Engadget
Meta’s “Responsible Innovation Team,” a group meant to address “potential harms to society” is no more..

You can't fix what you don't measure.

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