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On Thursday, Open AI, the creator of ChatGPT, and The Associated Press announced their collaboration. Within this deal, OpenAI would obtain a licence to access Assoc. Pres.’ extensive archive of news stories.
In the joint statement put out by Open AI and the Associated Press, they confirmed an agreement outlining Open AI’s licencing of a portion of the AP’s text archives. On the other hand, AP will benefit from OpenAI’s advanced technology and product expertise.
Analysis of the deal
As a part of the collaboration, OpenAI will have access to AP news archives dating back to 1985. According to Nick Diakopoulos, a professor of communication studies and computer science at Northwestern University, The deal would greatly benefit OpenAI as technology companies like Open AI rely on the repository of written materials, including news articles, books, and social media content, to enhance their language models, such as ChatGPT, and further allow it to retain access to materials as many news outlets and organization have threatened lawsuits against Open AI for accessing its material without proper compensation
According to Ken Doctor, industry analyst The developments could have far-reaching effects for OpenAI, as the AP has deeper relationships with various news outlets.
The two companies stated that they were analysing the potential use case for generic AI in news products and services, further stating that they both believe in the responsible creation and use of AI systems.
The introduction of ChatGPT in 2022 accelerated the development of generative AI products, which are capable of generating new text, images, and other media.
Open AI & ChatGPT
OpenAI, known for ChatGPT and DALL-e, is a tech company that specialises in artificial intelligence (AI ).The startup, founded in 2015, has successfully attracted a series of high-profile investors, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services. OpenAI ranks among one of the most funded startup firms in the world.
Till January 2023, OpenAI had received funding of over 1 billion U.S. dollars.
Asscoiated Press & Artificial Intelligence
The Associated Press, despite not using generative AI in its news articles, has been using various types of AI technology for almost 10 years, including automating corporate earnings reports and providing recaps of sporting events.
The AP had already established various programme to facilitate integration of AI into daily operations of local news organisations .
Associated Press had recently introduced an AI-powered image archive search feature for the local news outlets
Concerns about AI & Copyright Infringement
But the rising trend of using such tols also brings about concerns regarding their potential to generate misleading information, which is difficult to detect given their strong grasp of human language grammar. Moreover, various questions have arisen over the appropriate compensation for the news organisation and other creators whose work is used to train this AI model, including written content, artwork, music, and other forms of creative output.
According to various news outlets, On July 13, the US Federal Trade Commission opened an investigation into OpenAI into matters concerning consumer protection laws for scraping public data and publishing confidential information through its chatbot, ChatGPT.
With regards to compensation, various book authors have come forward and demanded compensation for their literary works, which are used during the training of these AIs. More than 4000 writers, including Nora Roberts, Margaret Atwood, Louise Erdrich, and Jodi Picout, have collectively signed a letter addressing the CEOs of various companies, including Google, OpenAI, Microsoft, Meta, and other AI developers.
The authors have alleged that these companies have employed exploitative practises by creating chatbots that replicate their style, ideas, and language without proper compensation.
Similarly,several novelists and comedians, including Sarah Silverman, have also taken legal action against OpenAI, citing copyright infringement.