We donate our brains to AI: The explosive rise of AI depends on the database. The data, in turn, culminates from the Internet, a tool carved by our hands. So whether you’re binge-watching Netflix or browsing social media, you’re contributing to the data sets fueling the rise of AI!
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A Washington Post analysis reveals that the AI industry has tapped into a vast trove of 30 years of web publishing for its machine learning models. From training AI to powering neural networks, this public data set has revolutionized the field. Get ready for the AI uprising!
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You may have never thought about it, but your daily online activities contribute to the development of AI chatbots. Whether he’s creating a blog or participating in a Reddit thread, his words help educate and shape the future of chatbot interactions. So next time you’re online, remember that you’re not only communicating with humans, but also with the intelligent machines of tomorrow.
Online content creators face a daunting challenge as their creations are repurposed, highlighting another thorny legal debate over the effects of these changes. This issue is not only transforming the digital landscape with a legal dispute over fair use, but it is also changing the conversation for millions of content creators whose posts have built today’s online world. Hold on to your seats for the ride ahead!
How AI chatbots unravel deep thoughts on the Internet?
Sharing our thoughts and minds on the internet has led to a world where AI-powered chatbots unearth the depths of our collective consciousness, unraveling mysteries and transforming them into new and unique versions of themselves. Join the conversation and discover a new dimension of expression!
- But here’s the kicker: We were unknowingly building a rich human expression database as well, which is incomplete but oh so valuable for AI chatbots!
- This database is what makes the sentence completion stunts of ChatGPT and its peers possible. Cool huh?
Visual AI tools like Stable Diffusion, Dall-E, and Midjourney gained immense popularity before verbal chatbots like ChatGPT took off. Consequently, photographers, illustrators and plastic artists were the first to accept this reality. As a result, visual creators are increasingly using AI-powered tools to enhance their craft, opening up new possibilities and avenues for creative expression.
- As AI generates more and more replicas of musicians’ works, artists are realizing, just like the rest of us, the power of technology. This came about with the creation of a fictional but tantalizing collaboration between Drake and The Weeknd last week: “Heart on My Sleeve.”
While many of us have tried our hand at music and art, many more have expressed themselves through a few keystrokes. From social media to web pages, the Internet offers a platform for endless expression.
- Are you wondering how much a website contributed to the development of Artificial Intelligence? The Washington Post project allows you to investigate any Internet domain name and its impact on a data set used for AI training. Note that this is not the same dataset used for OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other projects, as OpenAI has not shared its training data sources.
- The Washington Post used a data set of more than 500,000 personal blog posts, which make up 3.8% of the total “tokens” in its data, to analyze linguistic patterns. Unfortunately, companies kept posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms private. Excitingly, this study offers unique insights into the use of language in personal blogs.
Did you know that these huge training databases used for AI models are not always representative of all cultures, groups, and topics? It is a serious problem. Many of them are unfairly neglected, while others are oversampled. To make matters worse, the biases, limitations, and toxic aspects of internet culture can easily end up contaminating AI training data. It is an alarming concern that we must address.
My speech bubbles: While examining the Post dataset, I found that my personal blog of 15 years, My Speech Balloons, is well represented. Interestingly, most of my 10-year stint with a web magazine that I co-created also made its way into the dataset. Looks like these writings are ready to explore!
- Discover your online presence with the irresistible self-search opportunity provided by Post research, similar to searching your name on Google. Take a look at the visual tool called “Have I been trained?” to learn more about you online.
- As soon as you stumble across your job somewhere, there’s a good chance you’ll be flooded with a series of questions like “Is this what I signed up for?” or “Would things have been different if they had consulted me?” Questions like these are not uncommon, and many people have been caught off guard by unexpected turns of events.
Explore how AI is transforming the 30-year history of the internet by investigating our digital reserves.
- From emojis to blog posts, the digital age is driven by user-generated content. But as advances in artificial intelligence (AI) skyrocket, it’s the power-hungry machine’s insatiable appetite for our data that makes us see the internet in a whole new light.
- Without access to these information dumps, some of today’s most exciting advances in AI would remain a pipe dream. However, these digital reserves were not created for the AI, but for each other.
Looking from the present, we appreciate the inadvertent but consistent appearance of vast “corpuscles” of data following the rise of the web to fame. Back in ’95, the world fell in love with the “www” and browsers, and ten years later, blogging and “wisdom of the crowd” were all the rage. But who knew that AI training data would be the result?
- Fast forward to the early 2010s, when a machine learning revolution was dawning. Some far-sighted experts anticipated the implications with trepidation.
- However, only a few really understood the change of the web to become a training platform for AI.
Today, we are faced with the unintended consequences that come with our online experiences, and this is just the beginning. Our relationship with AI will inevitably shape our future, and the ramifications are still out of reach.
- Consider this: floods of AI replicas on public networks could trample the inspiration of artists around the world, stifling creativity and cultural advancement.
- If our current production ends up being the last original contribution of modern humanity, future AI models will be caught in a loop of outdated content, derived from the years between 2000 and 2020, creating a flawed description of our society for generations to come.