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Father, son, AI, and the “Purple Anxiety Monster”: Microsoft Corporate VP Jon Friedman leads design and research efforts across the company, including on its artificial intelligence products. But he didn’t think he could personally pull off illustrating an entire book by hand. So he turned to OpenAI’s DALL-E to craft the watercolor-style artwork for his son Judah’s new children’s book about coping with anxiety. Read more.

The debate over using AI to produce art for comics was the focus of a panel discussion in Seattle that included publishers, illustrators, and writers. “AI is not going to go away,” said Fabrice Sapolsky, CEO of indie publisher Fair Square Comics. “We have to get used to it. Now, how do we tame it?” Read more


Startup raises $2.4 million for data-processing satellites:
Bellevue, Wash.-based Lumen Orbit plans a constellation of orbital data centers for processing information in space before it’s downlinked to customers on Earth. Read more.

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