Happy Monday, Future Party people. How’s everyone feeling today? Hopefully better than our March Madness bracket. While the NCAA’s annual tourney is full of upsets, this year is on a different level. After the first weekend of men’s basketball games, there’s not a single perfect bracket left in the country.
But don’t feel too bad. The odds of perfectly guessing is about 1 in 120 billion. You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning twice or drafted by the NBA (ironically).
In other news… Local businesses brace for Swifties, AI gets copyright updates, and doing errands may never be the same again.
YouTube → Beef
Twitter → Jon Stewart
Google → Lance Reddick
Reddit → Djimon Hounsou
TikTok → “All Your’n” - Tyler Childers
Spotify → “Laura” - M83
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Cities are readying for the Swift era
The Future. A Taylor Swift tour guarantees a massive economic windfall for the cities she’s playing in, meaning that local businesses must prep for the highest demand they’ll likely see all year. When it comes to superstars like Swift, don’t be surprised if cities start vying to become concert hosts like countries do for the Olympics.
Swift CityEveryone’s excited that Taylor is coming to town.
Glendale, Arizona (which just hosted the Super Bowl), renamed itself to Swift City last Friday and Saturday to kick off Taylor’s Eras tour.
An additional 150,000 people are estimated to have headed into the city (which has a population of 250,000) to see the shows.
That’s no surprise when Swift’s tour broke Ticketmaster’s single-day sale record, with over two million tickets scooped up in 24 hours.
The Swift SpecialGlendale… er… Swift City Mayor Jerry Weiers said, "One of my jobs is to promote my city by being a cheerleader. [...] And it shows that we're serious about our sports and entertainment district, while having fun at the same time."
The massive influx of people has restaurants and hotels gearing up for demand — creating satellite sites to accommodate more people, hiring extra staff, and stocking up on ingredients. To get a sense of the demand, the Holiday Inn Glendale completely sold out of rooms on the day the tour was announced.
AI-assisted works win copyright approval
The Future. Wholly AI-generated works may not be eligible for copyright protection, but the Copyright Office may allow AI-assisted works to receive a certificate. This is all still in flux, and the Office will be holding listening sessions soon to better understand what is at play, but the partial copyright of AI works may sow even more confusion among artists and those that employ them.
A helping handThe US Copyright Office may be ushering in the era of humans and AI creating together.
Copyrights can only be granted to works that are “the product of human creativity” and can’t be issued to authors that are “non-humans” (i.e., AI or robots).
When it comes to generative AI, the Office says that prompts act “more like instructions to a commissioned artist — they identify what the prompter wishes to have depicted, but the machine determines how those instructions are implemented in its output.”
But, the Office also signaled that works using AI can get copyright if the human author “selected or arranged” the AI output in enough of a “sufficiently creative way that the resulting work constitutes an original work of authorship.”
Code-switchingSo what does that all mean? According to the Office, if you modify an AI work enough, it can transition from just an AI generation to a piece of human creation — how that is decided and by who has huge implications.
But there’s a wrinkle — only the human elements of these AI-assisted creations will be protected, as was the case with Kristina Kashtanova’s comic book, Zarya of the Dawn, which had its AI-generated illustrations denied copyright protection.
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COVID rewired shopping and dining
The Future. Because of COVID, doing errands may never be the same again. With innovations in E-commerce, QR codes, and loyalty apps, technology not only met the social-distancing moment but has now cemented its place in the normal way of operating. While many of the innovations may make doing business easier, they may also put more distance between retailers and customers.
Drive-thru everythingAccording to Axios, here’s what people do and don’t like about how we now buy and eat.
Pros: Mostly everyone is now comfortable with e-commerce and is on board with drive-thru or drive-up pickup options.
Cons: The shrinking of open store hours and constant supply chain shortages are a headache.
Pros: Online ordering options and restaurant loyalty apps have won over customers because of their convenience.
Cons: Replacing physical menus with QR codes that open them on your phone are a bust — a 2022 survey by Technomic found that 88% of diners preferred paper menus.
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