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👾 Reddit vs AI companies
🧷 The Humane AI Pin runs GPT-4
🏷️ OpenAI facing price pressure from Microsoft
☠️ “Nightshade” tool prevents AI image training
🔗Other tech news
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Reddit vs AI companies
Reddit is negotiating with top AI companies for payment for its data. To strengthen its negotiating position, Reddit is considering blocking search crawlers like Google and Bing, a move that could drastically reduce its site traffic but is deemed a worthy trade-off. While this action might seem radical, the rapid rise of generative AI technologies has forced companies to reevaluate how they can benefit financially from these advancements, with Reddit leading the charge.
The company's aggressive moves come amid plans for a potential IPO and its ongoing efforts to diversify its revenue streams. Reddit's CEO, Steve Huffman, emphasized the value of Reddit's ever-evolving data to large language models and expressed concern over AI companies benefiting from Reddit's data without returning any value to its users.
The AI Pin has been in the spotlight since its introduction in a TED talk by co-founder Imran Chaudhri, a former Apple employee. The device has been showcased at events like Paris Fashion Week and has been positioned by Humane as a revolutionary wearable.
Not sure if we are buying Chaudhri calling the device “a new kind of wearable device and platform” when it looks like an Apple watch without the band and uses GPT-4. Reminds us of the GPT wrapper / Scooby Doo meme.
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OpenAI, once a dominant player in the generative artificial intelligence sector, is now grappling with increasing competition, especially when it comes to corporate sales. Initially, OpenAI's ChatGPT model garnered significant attention and adoption, but a shift is evident. Large enterprises, such as Salesforce and Wix, are now exploring or adopting more cost-effective AI solutions. Instead of purchasing directly from OpenAI, some are opting to buy OpenAI’s software through Microsoft's Azure platform. This shift poses a challenge for OpenAI, as Microsoft, in such arrangements, retains a considerable share of the revenue, reducing OpenAI's direct earnings.
Nightshade, a new tool designed to protect artists' rights, allows creators to subtly alter the pixels in their art, rendering them "poisoned" to AI training sets. If AI companies use these altered images without permission, the AI models they train can malfunction, leading to unpredictable and chaotic outputs.
Developed in response to concerns about AI firms using artists' work without consent, Nightshade aims to deter these companies from disregarding copyright laws. When such "poisoned" images are incorporated into training datasets, they can cause AI models, like DALL-E or Stable Diffusion, to produce erroneous results, such as turning images of dogs into cats.
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