TotemoTech - 2023-08-25


Hello and welcome to today’s news from TotemoTech on August 25th, 2023. In today’s news, the Japan Photographers Association has raised concerns about the use of AI-generated images, stating that they should be considered ‘derivative works’ and calling for rules to protect the rights of the original creators.

Moving on, Epic Games has announced a new initiative for its PC game sales platform, the Epic Games Store. They will now offer a ‘platform tax zero’ policy, where certain games meeting specific conditions will have a 0% sales commission, allowing all proceeds to go to the developers. This change will take effect on October 16th.

Next, the Japanese Red Cross Society has decided to cancel a planned exhibition and website featuring AI-generated content as part of the ‘Kanto Earthquake 100th Anniversary Project.’ The organization cited a lack of clear communication and misunderstandings regarding the original intent of the project.

In other news, UUUM, a prominent Japanese content creator agency, has faced criticism for its handling of a gaming tournament. They initially granted permission for participation to a player named ‘Mikeneko,’ but later revoked it without providing any explanation, leading to controversy and speculation.

Shifting gears, the electricity provider Esenergy has announced changes to its pricing plan for ‘free electricity.’ Starting from September 1st, the monthly limit of free electricity will be reduced from 10,000 yen to 6,500 yen.

Moving on to international news, India celebrates a successful lunar landing by its unmanned exploration craft, Chandrayaan-3. The mission has also released stunning photographs of the lunar surface, captivating audiences around the world.

Lastly, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has introduced the use of ChatGPT across all departments. With guidelines and prompts provided, the 50,000 employees of the government can now utilize this AI-powered tool for various tasks and communications.

That’s all for today’s news from TotemoTech. Stay tuned for more updates on the latest technology developments. And that’s all for today’s news. Thanks for listening to TotemoTech.

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