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Netflix Opens Positions for AI Experts as Hollywood Writers Protest the Technology

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Updated by Michael Washburn
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In Brief

  • Netflix is hiring AI experts to boost its machine-learning platform and build AI-based games, despite Hollywood's AI protest.
  • SAG-AFTRA, the largest labor union for performers, fears AI technology could jeopardize jobs in the entertainment industry.
  • Concerns rise as AI, like ChatGPT, uses copyrighted content from artists to generate new outputs, leading to copyright issues.
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Netflix wants to hire artificial intelligence (AI) experts, while Hollywood writers and performers are on a strike against the technology.

In 2023, AI has become the mainstream topic of discussion. While some are excited about the future of AI, others have raised serious concerns about its impact on humanity.

Netflix Tries to Expand Its AI Team

Netflix has opened up positions for various roles based on machine learning and AI with annual compensation of up to $900,000. Some of the roles are:

  • Machine learning scientist
  • Data scientist
  • Product Manager
  • Technical director 
  • Research scientist

The company wants to hire new talent to increase the leverage of its machine-learning platform. Moreover, Netflix also aims to build games utilizing AI technology. The streaming platform wrote:

“The Game Studio is building an incubation style R&D team chartered to lead our investments in building new kinds of games not previously possible without ongoing advances AI/ML technologies.”

Are you interested in Web3 jobs? Here’s our comprehensive list of the Top 13 highest-paying jobs.

Why is Hollywood Protesting Against AI?

While Netflix is hiring for AI-specific talent, SAG-AFTRA, the world’s largest labor union representing performers and broadcasters, is protesting against AI adoption. The labor union is concerned if the technology will impact the jobs of the writers, actors, and other roles in the entertainment industry.

So far, ChatGPT has demonstrated the capabilities of roughly generating texts for movie plots, articles, poems, and essays.

Conversation with ChatGPT asking it for a basic outline of the plot of a superhero action movie.
Conversation with ChatGPT

Another concern with Artificial intelligence is that it often uses the copyrighted content of writers, painters, comedians, musicians, or other artists to generate new output. 

As a matter of fact, recently, the comedian Sarah Silverman filed a class action lawsuit against OpenAI and Meta for copyright infringement.

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Harsh Notariya is a journalist at BeInCrypto, who writes about various topics, including decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePIN), tokenization, crypto airdrops, decentralized finance (DeFi), meme coins, and altcoins. Before joining BeInCrypto, he was a community consultant at Totality Corp, specializing in the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Additionally, Harsh was a blockchain content writer and researcher at Financial Funda, where he created educational reports on...
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