Working For Free To 'Benefit All Humanity'
Artificial Intelligence scavenges opinion and perspective from real writers, authors, and journalists for commercial purposes without bothering to credit or compensate them
There’s a breathless story in the Wall Street Journal today about the impending release of a new iteration of Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, that is powered by artificial intelligence.
The AI part of Microsoft’s new offering seems to be a function that interprets data. When I say interpret, I mean it synthesizes, regurgitates and offers up the intellectual property of writers who have opinions because they invested time and effort into understanding the issues.
All for you! Ummm. Not Exactly.
The new and improved Bing is the result of a multiyear, multibillion-dollar partnership between Microsoft and OpenAI, a nonprofit artificial intelligence research lab in San Francisco, CA.
OpenAI claims its mission is “to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all humanity.” OpenAI is owned by billionaires like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, venture capitalist Peter Thiel and investor Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI.
Why does it feel like the so-called greater good only pays real dollars to Microsoft and OpenAI’s investors?
The good folks at Microsoft and OpenAI have yet to explain how content creators benefit from having their intellectual property scraped from the internet so Microsoft and OpenAI can sell product and advertising.
OpenAI also is profiting. It is “piloting” a $20 a month subscription plan to ChatGPT Plus, which is described as a “conversational AI that can chat with you, answer follow-up questions, and challenge incorrect assumption.”
Right now it feels like content creators are working for Microsoft and OpenAI for free. Maybe it’s time to update the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
It’s great to benefit all humanity but it also would be nice to be paid for one’s work (like all humanity).
A phone call placed to OpenAI seeking comment Thursday was answered by a machine. A tweet to @OpenAI apparently disappeared into a great black maw.
Google, which now holds 93% of search engine market share, is apparently working on incorporating AI into its search engine. More charity work for writers!!!
Thankyou for your work.
I guess that there will be not much difference between A.I. thieving your work and the unimaginative undead that were doing it before. At least now it's for the greatest good', not just for the good of one ladder scaling journo- monkey.
Kind regards and please don't let these psychos stop you from sharing, Justin.