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How artificial intelligence figures in the Hollywood strikes

According to USC Annenberg’s Jonathan Taplin, a former film producer who wrote a book about artificial intelligence, the potential threat posed by technology is huge. “People worry, in the abstract, about AI replacing workers but here it is, it’s actually happening,” he said. “They don’t want to have to pay for extras anymore, so they could have a scene that has 5,000 AI extras in the background.”

Sea lions on La Jolla beach, San Diego
Toxic algae blooms are a recurring natural phenomenon in Southern California, but scientists are increasingly concerned over the frequency and severity of these outbreaks, which affect wildlife such as dolphins and sea lions. (Photo/iStock.)

Q&A: Toxic algae, warming waters imperil marine life on U.S. coasts

In Southern California, toxic algae blooms are killing hundreds of dolphins and sea lions while record-high ocean temperatures threaten Florida’s coral reefs. USC experts weigh in.