Friday, June 24 2022

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While AI can't eliminate that pain of loss it can definitely make their memories last.

That’s what Amazon execs said while unveiling a new AI tool that lets Alexa mimic anyone’s voice—including a loved one who may be, umm, dead. They demonstrated its deepfake abilities with a clip of a kid’s deceased grandma reading him a bedtime story. Though the janta on Twitter is a little creeped out by this audio version of ‘Sixth Sense’: “I lost my mum last year in August and would die to have one last proper conversation with her but I wouldn’t do it for a goddamn circular device.” 


Something very fun: We are hosting the second edition of our online pub quiz—since the first one was a huge success—this weekend. The deets: Saturday, June 25 at 5:00 pm. It will be hosted by our books editor Anushree Kaushal—who is also an awesome quiz master. Don’t worry—the questions won’t be all about books lol! So sign up to join us for an hour of uncomplicated mazaa on Zoom. A beer in hand is entirely optional! 


Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode.’ the team looks at non-consensual sex videos on Pornhub—and wildlife trafficking in India. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.  

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Big Story

Meet Droupadi Murmu: The next President of India

The TLDR: The BJP’s historic choice of a presidential candidate from the Santhal tribal community has pretty much sealed her nomination. We look at the life and career of Murmu—and why the party picked her.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Splainer is hiring!
  • Game over for Thackeray?
  • Coming up next: An airline strike in the UK
  • Maradona’s medical staff to be tried for homicide
  • Social stress ages your immune system
  • The world’s most liveable cities
  • Delhi airport is powered entirely by renewable energy
  • Gautam Adani tries to do better
  • Rupert Murdoch is getting divorced… again!


Sanity Break

  • The trailer for Javier Bardem's upcoming flick ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’


Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads


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