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Generative AI and the challenge of fair compensation for creators

There's a court and apparently a robot id being judge by humans. The background is blue and there's a big robot face, representing the AI.

A major story this week involves eight U.S. newspapers, owned by Alden Global Capital and including the New York Daily News and Chicago Tribune, suing OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement. They accuse the companies of using their content without permission to train AI models like GPT-4, similar to an ongoing lawsuit by The New York Times against OpenAI. The newspapers' executive editor, Frank Pine, emphasized the billions spent on reporting news and opposed their work being used without compensation.

OpenAI, known for its partnerships with publishers, might settle the lawsuit, suggesting a shift towards compensating content creators. A research paper by OpenAI's Boaz Barak introduces a framework for compensating copyright owners based on their contributions to AI-generated content, using cooperative game theory and the Shapley value. This method, though computationally expensive, aims to fairly distribute compensation among content creators.

Other notable AI developments include:

  • Microsoft reinforcing its ban on facial recognition technology for police departments in the U.S.,

  • Anthropic launching a business plan with higher-priority access to its AI models,

  • Amazon rebranding CodeWhisperer to Q Developer, and

  • Sam’s Club implementing AI to streamline customer checkouts.

Additionally, Yelp introduced an AI-powered chatbot to assist consumers, and a gathering at Argonne National Lab discussed AI's potential in energy infrastructure and R&D.

These stories highlight the ongoing legal, ethical, and technological challenges in the AI field, as well as the innovative applications of AI across various industries.

Source: TechCrunch


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