Levi’s will now be using AI models to show off denim

Levi’s will now be using AI models to show off denim


An AI-generated model created for Levi’s. (LS&Co. via SWNS)

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Forget taking jeans off in a launderette to soul music – Levi’s will now be using AI models to show off their denim.

The company has joined forces with a digital fashion studio that builds customized AI-generated models.

Levi’s parent company LS&Co. says they are planning tests of the technology later this year to use the AI models to supplement human models.

They explained it will increase “the number and diversity of our models for our products in a sustainable way.”

Dutch digital fashion studio Lalaland.ai use advanced artificial intelligence to enable fashion brands and retailers to create hyper-realistic models of every body type, age, size and skin tone.

LS&Co. said in a statement: “With these body-inclusive avatars, the company aims to create a more inclusive, personal and sustainable shopping experience for fashion brands, retailers and customers.”

Dr. Amy Gershkoff Bolles, global head of digital and emerging technology strategy at Levi Strauss & Co., commented: “While AI will likely never fully replace human models for us, we are excited for the potential capabilities this may afford us for the consumer experience.

“We see fashion and technology as both an art and a science, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Lalaland.ai, a company with such high-quality technology that can help us continue on our journey for a more diverse and inclusive customer experience.”

LS&Co. said “Today, when you shop on Levi.com or in our app, we generally have one model for each product.

“We know our customers want to shop with models who look like them, and we believe our models should reflect our consumers, which is why we’re continuing to diversify our human models in terms of size and body type, age and skin color.

“This AI technology can potentially assist us by supplementing models and unlocking a future where we can enable customers to see our products on more models that look like themselves, creating a more personal and inclusive shopping experience.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion is a top priority for us at LS&Co., and it’s important to note we do not see AI-generated models as a sole solution. In fact, over the past year, we’ve been focused on ensuring that not only is our work diverse, but those working on the content both in front of and behind the camera are reflective of our broad consumer base — and we’re continuing to do just that.”

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Ford’s Tenn. plant could make 500K electric pickups per year

Ford’s Tenn. plant could make 500K electric pickups per year

STANTON, Tenn. (AP) — A new Ford assembly plant being built in western Tennessee will be able to build up…

STANTON, Tenn. (AP) — A new Ford assembly plant being built in western Tennessee will be able to build up to 500,000 electric pickup trucks per year at full production, the company said Friday.

The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker announced in September of 2021 that it would build the plant and a battery factory on a 3,600-acre (1,460-hectare) parcel of land in rural Stanton, northeast of Memphis.

Known as the Memphis Regional Megasite, the land designated by the state for industrial development sat unused for years before Ford decided to move in.

Construction on the site, named BlueOval City, began last year. Ford has said it plans to start production by 2025, and it said Friday that timetable remains in place. The automaker also said its second-generation electric truck is “code named Project T3.”

Ford’s assembly plant and a battery plant run by a joint venture called BlueOvalSK will employ about 6,000 people with an investment of roughly $5.6 billion, Ford said.

BlueOvalSK will also construct twin battery plants in Glendale, Kentucky, in an estimated $5.8 billion investment. The projects are expected to create an estimated 10,800 jobs and shift the automaker’s future manufacturing footprint toward the South while putting an emphasis on green energy.

Ford says the Tennessee plant is designed to be its first carbon-neutral vehicle manufacturing campus and it will have a 30% smaller general assembly footprint than traditional plants. Ford also said it will use recovered energy from the site to provide carbon-free heat for the assembly plant and save water by reducing evaporation from the site’s cooling towers.

Before landing the Ford project, Tennessee had invested more than $174 million in the Memphis megasite but struggled to lure the big tenant it wanted to the Haywood County location. Tennessee lawmakers have committed to spending nearly $900 million on state incentives, infrastructure upgrades and more as part of a sweeping plan with Ford. The agreement included $500 million in capital grant funds.

The lease essentially grants the land to Ford through December 2051. The rent is $1 for the entire lease term.

Some of the rural West Tennessee counties surrounding the plant hope it will help boost their economies.

With an economy based largely on farming, Haywood County saw its population shrink by 4.9% to 17,864 people from 2010 to 2020, one of 14 counties to lose population as Tennessee grew as a whole by 8.9%, according to census data.

The factory is expected to bring both small and large businesses to the area, including hotels, restaurants, health care facilities and suppliers for the plant, among others. Real estate values also could increase.

Ford’s leaders have pledged to help the communities near the plant. The Ford Motor Co. Fund announced Friday it has awarded 17 capital grants of $75,000 to $100,000 each to fire departments, arts and parks conservancy groups, a community center, local governments and other organizations in six counties.

The $1.2 million grant program received 200 applications, said Mary Culler, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund.

“Those are the kinds of grass-roots, capital projects that these towns and municipalities are looking for,” Culler said.

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Sen. John Fetterman Improving, Though Timing on Return to Work Still Unclear

Sen. John Fetterman Improving, Though Timing on Return to Work Still Unclear

FRIDAY, March 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Sen. John Fetterman, who checked himself into Walter Reed Hospital for depression five weeks ago, should be back at work soon, his aide said Thursday.

The Pennsylvania senator suffered a stroke last May that nearly killed him, and depression strikes one in three stroke survivors.

Still, Fetterman’s depression recovery is going well, spokesman Joe Calvello said Thursday.

“He’ll be back soon, at least over a week, but soon,” Calvello told the Associated Press.

While hospitalized, Fetterman continues to receive daily briefings from his Chief of Staff Adam Jentleson, Calvello added.

He is also issuing statements through his office and sponsoring legislation, the AP reported.

“We want to give him the space to recuperate,” Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, said during a Wednesday news conference, the AP reported. “He needs it, it’s fair, it’s right. There are other people in the Senate who have taken their time to recuperate but I’m confident he’s going to come back and be an outstanding and fine senator.”

Prior to his hospitalization, Fetterman had been withdrawn and not showing an interest in talking or eating, the AP reported. He saw Capitol physician Dr. Brian Monahan, who recommended he be admitted to Walter Reed, just weeks into his time as a senator.

After his stroke, he also had surgery to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator because he has cardiomyopathy and atrial fibrillation, the AP reported.

As a result of the stroke, Fetterman, 53, also has an auditory processing disorder, making it hard to quickly process conversation. He works around that issue by using a device to transcribe spoken words into written text in real time, the AP reported.

“I’m just happy he’s getting the time that he needs and most people understand that these things don’t occur over two or three weeks, it takes a little longer,” Pennsylvania’s other senator, Democrat Bob Casey, said, the AP reported.

Fetterman’s aides and his wife, Gisele, have released photos of the senator smiling while he recovers. His aides are continuing to move forward, opening new regional offices in Pennsylvania, the AP reported.

More information

The American Stroke Association has more on depression and stroke.


SOURCE: Associated Press

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Noel Gallagher's new song inspired by fans who get his lyrics wrong

Noel Gallagher's new song inspired by fans who get his lyrics wrong

Noel Gallagher’s new single was inspired by fans who get his lyrics wrong.

The former Oasis star has released a new track called ‘Dead to the World’ with his band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds which is taken from their upcoming album ‘Council Skies’ and the rocker has now revealed the song was written about his dedicated followers in Argentina who camp outside his hotel and sing the wrong lyrics to his mucic.

Speaking to Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, Noel explained: “Well actually, funnily enough, so when I go to Argentina I stay in this one specific hotel and Argentinian fans are, hands down, the greatest in the world … I get loads of kids, they stay outside this hotel 24 hours a day and they take it in shifts and the night shift always bring their guitars.

“And I remember one night, the last night I was there, I couldn’t sleep, jet lag or something … and they were playing Oasis and High Flying Birds songs in the car park and they were all getting the words wrong, and I’m sitting there having a drink going, ‘That’s not the right words’, and that song started about me writing a song about it.”

Noel went on to reveal one of the lines in ‘Dead to the World’ links directly back to his experiences in South America, saying: “One of the lines in the song says ‘I’m going to write you a song, it won’t take me long and you can change all the words, but you’ll still get them wrong.’

“And it started off like that and then that ended up being the second verse.”

He added of the track: “I guess it’s quite a personal song. I guess when people hear it they’ll understand why, but it’s about being too tired to argue. You know there’s the saying, ‘dead to the world’. I had to explain it to the French girls in the band what it meant. It’s like when you’re in the deepest of sleeps.”

‘Council Skies’ is due for release on June 2.

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The 12 Best Times to Switch Jobs

The 12 Best Times to Switch Jobs

With economic uncertainty in the air, people may want to carefully consider whether now is the time to leave a stable job.

Things to consider when changing jobs

The news lately has not been encouraging for workers. Numerous companies including Microsoft, Disney and Facebook owner Meta Platforms have announced layoffs in recent months. That’s enough to make anyone think twice about leaving their current job.

“Right now, we have a lot of fear,” says Jessica Kriegel, chief scientist of workplace culture for Culture Partners, a firm that helps businesses create a positive work environment. She says some of that fear might be unfounded as there are currently 1.9 job openings for every job seeker.

With economic uncertainty in the air, people may want to carefully consider whether now is the time to leave a stable job. However, if you are ready to make a move, the following are all signs that it’s a good time to switch positions.

Your company isn’t stable.

If rumors are swirling about impending layoffs or your company being bought out, that is a red flag to start polishing your resume. Rather than be forced into a job change, it may be better to start looking now and leave on your own terms.

“When is it time to jump ship? Anytime an organization has significant financial issues or losses,” says career and leadership coach Ayanna E. Jackson. “Don’t get too comfortable and assume you’re bulletproof.”

Your work schedule no longer fits your lifestyle.

A silver lining from the COVID-19 pandemic is that some people discovered there are new ways to do their jobs, such as working remotely. “Much of the resigning that has happened over the last few years has been linked to people realizing that there is more to life than work,” says Lisa Severy, career advisor at University of Phoenix.

If your employer is forcing everyone back to the office but you prefer the freedom and flexibility of working from home, that may be your cue to explore other work opportunities. Depending on your field, self-employment may be an option as well.

You’re feeling burned out.

Burnout is another clear sign it’s time to switch jobs. “If you find yourself constantly tired, lacking passion, creativity or innovation or experiencing diminishing confidence, it may be time for a new challenge,” according to Severy.

In some cases, you may not need to switch employers, but rather move to another position within your organization. If you’re not sure how to change jobs, talk to your supervisor to discuss your concerns and ask whether you may be able to transfer to a different department or role.

You’re trying to build your resume.

Not everyone takes a position and expects to be there forever. Some people are looking for experience to build their resume and pursue other positions. “Gone are the days when employees can expect their employer to offer a secure path of growth and advancement over a period of years,” says career and executive coach Tammy Gooler Loeb. “It is incumbent on the individual to plot out their own vision and goals so that they have a framework for guiding their professional journey.”

However, don’t be too quick to find a new position. If you leave a job before 18 months, you could be seen as a job hopper. On the other hand, continuing in a position more than three years could mean you lose momentum toward your ultimate career goal.

You just received a great performance review.

It may seem counterintuitive to leave a job right after receiving kudos from your boss, but if you were already planning to make a change, after a performance review is a good time to do it. That’s particularly true if you receive a bonus along with the review. “You’ll want to be able to leave with a great written review in hand, along with your money earned,” Jackson says.

Likewise, double-check vesting dates for stock options and retirement plans. If you received a sign-on bonus or relocation funds, be sure you have fulfilled the terms of your contract and won’t have to pay any money back. Finally, coordinate your departure date to maximize your remaining benefits. “Sometimes it’s better to leave March 1 and have benefits through March 31 versus leaving March 10,” according to Jackson.

Your income is stagnant.

Inflation hit a 40-year high in 2022, and if your income isn’t keeping up, that could mean it’s time to change jobs. “Are you being passed over? Are new people in a similar role being hired in at higher levels for more pay?” Severy asks. “It’s easy to get left behind if you are not paying attention to these factors.”

Using a service such as Adzuna’s ValueMyResume is one way to evaluate whether you are being fairly compensated. Websites such as Salary.com and Payscale.com also have tools that allow people to compare their earnings to those of other workers in their field.

You no longer feel challenged.

For many people, a job is more than a paycheck. It’s a chance to stretch horizons, develop skills and make a difference. However, if you no longer feel challenged by your work, it may be time to change jobs. “If you don’t feel like you’re growing in your career and there’s no path forward, you should move on,” advises Jessica Sweet, a career coach, licensed therapist and owner of Wishingwell Coaching.

It could be that your values have changed, and your current employer no longer offers you work that is personally meaningful. Or it could be that you have maximized your skills in your current position and are ready to move to the next level of your career.

Your workplace is toxic.

Some workplaces provide supportive environments that foster collaboration. Others can be competitive and border on hostile. Kriegel says people need to be aware of something called trauma bonding. It’s when co-workers bond over poor work conditions, and you are trauma bonding when almost all conversations are focused on employment complaints. Kriegel has experienced it in a job herself.

“It became a toxic relationship because we were gossiping,” she explains. While the conversations felt supportive, “We were dragging each other down.” If you find yourself in a toxic work environment, switching jobs can be good for both your mental and physical health. If discrimination or harassment are involved, you may want to talk to an attorney about legal remedies.

You’ve just finished a big project.

As a professional courtesy, it’s typically frowned upon to quit in the middle of a big project. Doing so could leave co-workers in a bind and might eliminate any possibility of receiving a good reference from that employer. It is also best to time a departure after a raise, if possible. That way you can use any higher salary or bonus you receive as leverage when negotiating compensation for a new job.

Your company doesn’t align with your values.

Workers are increasingly looking for employment that aligns with personal beliefs and values. In fact, 56% of employees say they wouldn’t consider working for a company that has values they don’t agree with, according to a 2022 survey of approximately 1,200 employed adults by experience management firm Qualtrics.

It’s something Kriegel calls “purpose fit,” and she says it’s even more important than ensuring a company’s work culture is a good fit. “It gives your work meaning,” she says. If you feel strongly about a particular issue, such as sustainability, you may want to switch careers to find work that prioritizes that value.

You’ve hit a life milestone.

When you hit a major life milestone, such as a marriage or the birth of a child, it makes sense to reevaluate whether your workplace is still a good fit for you. What’s more, your practical needs might change. For instance, you may find you need more money or want a more flexible schedule if you have expanded your family.

You wonder what else is out there.

Sometimes it makes sense to switch jobs simply because you want to explore what other employment options are available. You may feel perfectly content with your current position, but perhaps you could be doing more. “Are you holding yourself back?” Kriegel asks.

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, but if you’ve been working in the same position for an extended period, a job change could open up new career paths you didn’t think were possible before.

Signs it’s time for a job change:

— Your company isn’t stable.

— Your work schedule no longer fits your lifestyle.

— You’re feeling burned out.

— You’re trying to build your resume.

— You just received a great performance review.

— Your income is stagnant.

— You no longer feel challenged.

— Your workplace is toxic.

— You’ve just finished a big project.

— Your company doesn’t align with your values.

— You’ve hit a life milestone.

— You wonder what else is out there.

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The 12 Best Times to Switch Jobs originally appeared on usnews.com

Update 03/23/23: This story was published at an earlier date and has been updated with new information.

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Space homes made out of POTATOES? Pet BUFFALOES on the loose? And boozer Beethoven's cause of death discovered? You won't believe these BIZARRE stories from the past week…

Space homes made out of POTATOES? Pet BUFFALOES on the loose? And boozer Beethoven's cause of death discovered? You won't believe these BIZARRE stories from the past week…

Scientists have created the world’s first 3D-printed cheesecake. Engineers at Columbia University required just 30 minutes to create the sweet treat as the technology precisely layered seven edible inks to form a triangular shape. The foundation ingredient is graham crackers and the layers consist of peanut butter, Nutella, cherry drizzle, banana puree, strawberry jelly and whipped cream. The study’s lead author Jonathan Blutinger said: “Because 3D food printing is still a nascent technology, it needs an ecosystem of supporting industries such as food cartridge manufacturers, downloadable recipe files, and an environment in which to create and share these recipes. “Its customisability makes it particularly practical for the plant-based meat market, where texture and flavour need to be carefully formulated to mimic real meats.”

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