Renowned Authors Sue Open AI; Auto Industry Faces Strikes; US National Debt Tops $33 Trillion

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In a sweeping blow to technology giant Open AI, a number of renowned fiction writers have initiated legal proceedings, accusing the AI company of infringing upon their copyright protections. The contention revolves around the company’s use of their literary works to instruct its infamous chatbot, ChatGPT, producing human-like responses, and inadvertently generating similar versions of original text.

The auto industry witnessed a tumultuous week as Stellantis and GM rolled out furloughs for several employees and signaled a threat to hundreds more if the ongoing strike shows no sign of abating. These layoffs are a first for Stellantis who is renowned for producing numerous vehicle brands, including Jeep, Ram, Dodge, and Chrysler. Adding fuel to the fire, Ford and GM have also projected mechanical stoppages or layoffs at two of their facilities due to these employee-led initiatives for better pay and benefits. Meanwhile, the ripple effect continues to reverberate in Hollywood, with studio strikes accumulating losses of around $6 billion.

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In further worrying developments, the US national debt has surpassed the $33 trillion mark as the threat of an imminent government halt looms large. The deadline for government funding is set for September 30, leaving lawmakers struggling to establish a consensus on the funding plan. House Republicans are currently trying to expedite a bill that would ensure temporary government funding and increased border security measures. However, failure to reach an agreement could lead to dire consequences such as health program cuts for thousands of children and non-payment for active-duty military and federal law enforcement personnel.

In light of the escalating Covid-19 concerns due to emerging variants, the US government is set to reinstate a program offering free Covid-19 home tests. Starting Monday, American households can request four free tests. This reintroduction is an attempt to combat the stark increase in the number of hospitalizations since July.

Adding to the financial challenges of millions, approximately 28 million borrowers will be held accountable for their monthly student loan bills, restarting after the pandemic-related pause in 2020. The Biden administration is urging those eligible to apply for the government’s new income-driven repayment plan, known as SAVE, which aims to reduce both monthly payments and the overall repaid amount.

Amidst escalating tensions, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is slated to meet President Biden, seeking greater support for Kyiv. The Ukrainian army noted that it has shot down 36 out of 43 missiles launched by Russia in varied attacks across the country. The White House reportedly plans to present a novel aid package during Zelensky’s forthcoming visit.

Elon Musk’s visionary venture, Neuralink, has made headlines with the announcement of its first human clinical trial. The pioneering startup aims to implant microchips into human brains, marking an unprecedented step in the sphere of technological advancements.

In other news, a 10-year-old girl made waves at the Salt Lake City marathon, assisting her mother to complete the race in a heartwarming moment. A fascinating archeological find was made with the discovery of the world’s oldest known wooden structure, which dates back almost half a million years. A $10,000 bill, hailing from 1934, recently fetched a whopping $480,000 at auction. Meanwhile, rumors circulate about a potential name change for India, with the Modi government reportedly considering adopting “Bharat.”

Finally, revelations surfaced about U.S convenience stores netting approximately $1,000 daily from tobacco sales alone. The report implores the FDA to take stricter action against retailers selling tobacco to minors. Attorney General Merrick Garland has denied partisan bias, emphasizing his role is neither to serve as the president’s lawyer nor to act as Congress’ prosecutor.