Today in AI: OpenAI drinking its own poison
I don’t consider LLMs to be an exciting subject, so I don’t write about them often. Hacker News seems to disagree, as, for the last couple of months, the top page looks more like LLM News than anything else. But occasionally, the news is so funny (or scary) that they catch my eye.
OpenAI, a company that is neither open nor actually about any intelligence, made its entire business model about violating as many licenses as possible. Even though they refuse to release info about where the data they use is gathered from, it seems clear now that they used everything they got their hands on, ignoring any license limitations. With their current net worth, any lawsuit can result in a marginal fine.
Now they are threatening an open source developer for creating a tool that bypasses their fees by combining results from different, free APIs which use GPT4 underneath.
Not that I am even surprised, but still: OpenAI is suing a guy for doing exactly what they are doing to everyone else.
In other dystopian news: IBM hopes to replace almost 8000 people with automated systems. They made pretty terrible decisions in the past, but this looks to be icing on the cake.
All our hopes and dreams about the internet seem to be turning into nightmares before our own eyes in a very dull apocalypse.