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July 27, 2023

Netflix’s Hefty Compensation for AI Managers Hints at a Shift in Hollywood’s Digital Landscape

In a recent move that underscores the profound change Hollywood is undergoing, Netflix listed an opening for an AI product manager with a lucrative annual salary of $900,000. To provide some perspective on this figure, the median pay for a Hollywood actor stands at $26,000. This disparity in remuneration is an early indicator of the entertainment industry’s rapid pivot toward technology-driven solutions, possibly using digital replicas in lieu of real actors.

Netflix's Hefty Compensation for AI Managers Hints at a Shift in Hollywood's Digital Landscape
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In a landscape where technology and creativity converge, the entertainment sector is capitalizing on the generative AI wave. Netflix and Disney’s job postings offer a glimpse into the monetary significance of this technological transition:

  • A position for a Generative AI Technician boasts a salary of up to $650,000.
  • The role of a product manager for the machine learning platform, which can be fulfilled remotely, carries an upper salary limit of $900,000.

The cast of Oppenheimer has recently confirmed that they have left the UK because they are no longer required to promote the movie, according to Christopher Nolan. The strike by actors has officially started. According to The Verge, Hollywood offered to have the actors scanned with AI during negotiations so they could use their likeness in the future without paying or getting permission. Like something out of Black Mirror.

Amid the fervor around AI’s integration in entertainment, Netflix launched “Deep Fake Love,” a reality show that employs deepfake technology in a manner that has spurred considerable debate. The premise involves five couples, each in a unique stage of their relationship, who navigate a series of emotionally charged scenarios fueled by deepfake imagery. The audience, privy to the fact that these images are computer-generated, watches as couples grapple with trust issues, prompted by convincing videos that depict infidelity. With a concealed prize of 100,000 euros awarded not for loyalty but for the ability to discern real from fake, the show walks a fine line between entertainment and ethical ambiguity.

The show’s format includes:

  • Separating couples and placing them in distinct boarding houses, where temptations abound.
  • Displaying videos to each participant, showcasing their partner’s perceived indiscretions. These can either be authentic or fabricated using deepfake technology.
  • As episodes progress, the deepfakes become increasingly explicit, simulating intimate moments.
  • The audience gets an inside look into how the deepfakes are created, comparing the innocent actions of the participants with the manipulated actions of actors.

The media’s reception to “Deep Fake Love” has been largely critical, with some describing it as a severe misuse of technology, while others categorize it as an unsettling precedent for AI’s future application in entertainment. Some critiques include:

  • Claims that the show causes unnecessary psychological distress to its participants.
  • The perspective that the show sinks to new lows in reality TV content.
  • Opinions suggesting the content is both captivating and distressing but should have remained unaired.

The surge in attention and subsequent controversy surrounding “Deep Fake Love” has undeniably catapulted it to significant prominence. With the entertainment realm’s clear inclination toward such technology-centric content, it’s plausible to expect more shows of this nature in the foreseeable future. As Hollywood grapples with the intersection of technology and storytelling, the debate surrounding the ethical boundaries of AI in entertainment is only set to intensify.

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Damir is the team leader, product manager, and editor at Metaverse Post, covering topics such as AI/ML, AGI, LLMs, Metaverse, and Web3-related fields. His articles attract a massive audience of over a million users every month. He appears to be an expert with 10 years of experience in SEO and digital marketing. Damir has been mentioned in Mashable, Wired, Cointelegraph, The New Yorker, Inside.com, Entrepreneur, BeInCrypto, and other publications. He travels between the UAE, Turkey, Russia, and the CIS as a digital nomad. Damir earned a bachelor's degree in physics, which he believes has given him the critical thinking skills needed to be successful in the ever-changing landscape of the internet.聽

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Damir is the team leader, product manager, and editor at Metaverse Post, covering topics such as AI/ML, AGI, LLMs, Metaverse, and Web3-related fields. His articles attract a massive audience of over a million users every month. He appears to be an expert with 10 years of experience in SEO and digital marketing. Damir has been mentioned in Mashable, Wired, Cointelegraph, The New Yorker, Inside.com, Entrepreneur, BeInCrypto, and other publications. He travels between the UAE, Turkey, Russia, and the CIS as a digital nomad. Damir earned a bachelor's degree in physics, which he believes has given him the critical thinking skills needed to be successful in the ever-changing landscape of the internet.聽

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