OpenAI, News Corp. Sign Content Deal to Improve ChatGPT

OpenAI, News Corp., COntent Deal, ChatGPT

OpenAI has signed a multi-year agreement with News Corp., allowing its developers to train AI systems on a treasure trove of literature.

  • News Corp. owns prominent publications like The Wall Street Journal and magazines, like Vogue Australia.
  • OpenAI will gain access to current and archived articles from News Corp.’s major publications.
  • This extensive data will be used to train AI systems, improving the quality and reliability of AI-generated responses.

OpenAI has penned a deal spanning multiple years with News Corp., allowing them to use the publications’ content to train their AI systems.

News Corp. is one of the world’s largest mass media and publishing companies, owning several well-known publications. It holds newspapers, like The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the U.K.’s The Times, and The New York Post, as well as magazines, such as Vogue Australia and GQ Australia. They also have assets in several other categories, including TV and radio, advertising and branding, and books.

Per the agreement, OpenAI gains access to an impressive amount of both current news and archived articles from the American conglomerate’s publications. The list includes the likes of The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Barron’s, The New York Post, and several other renowned outlets. News Corp. has asked that there be an interval of time between when the piece of literature is published and when it shows up on ChatGPT.

OpenAI and News Corp. have kept the financial details of their deal under wraps. However, according to WSJ, “the deal could be worth more than $250 million over five years, including compensation in the form of cash and credits for use of OpenAI technology.”

Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp., believes that this is a “historic agreement [that] will set new standards for veracity, for virtue and for value in the digital age.”

As for Sam Altman, the AI company’s CEO, he affirmed that OpenAI and News Corp. “are setting the foundation for a future where AI deeply respects, enhances, and upholds the standards of world-class journalism.”

This agreement is the newest in a long list of strategic partnerships that OpenAI has established to acquire the needed data to train its AI systems. It will help them produce higher-quality responses. So far, they have partnered with some of the biggest names in the game: Politico owner Axel Springer, The Financial Times, the French newspaper Le Monde, the Spanish media conglomerate Prisa Meda, and The Associated Press.

Whether you agree with the opinions shared via these publications, you have to admit that some of them are considered to be the very backbone of legacy media. The work that their journalists, reporters, and writers put into their pieces shaped the standards by which modern publications live.

AI right now can only ever be an imitation of this greatness. Some might even argue that it’s a poor one, too. However, by selling access to this treasure trove of literature, the developers can train the AI systems to become better ‘writers.’ And before you know it, the web will be filled with pieces that rival WSJ in quality. That will be the story of how publications lost the voices that made them who they were.

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