Outcry Against AI Companies Grows Over Who Controls Internet’s Content

Websites like Reddit and writers including James Patterson and Sarah Silverman demand compensation for work they suspect was used to train new artificial-intelligence technology.

  • The disputes threaten to throw sand into the gears of the AI boom just as it seems poised to revolutionize the global economy.

Artificial-intelligence companies including OpenAI, its backer Microsoft, and Google built generative-AI systems such as ChatGPT by scraping oceans of information from the internet and feeding it into training algorithms that teach the systems to imitate human speech.

  • The companies generally say their data use without compensation is permitted, but they have left the door open to discussing the issue with content creators.

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