Associated Press, OpenAI ink news-sharing technological pact

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In an official statement released Thursday, prominent news publisher Associated Press revealed that it has successfully established a collaboration with OpenAI.

The partnership aims to facilitate the sharing of selected news content and cutting-edge technology, empowering both organizations to further explore the transformative potential of generative AI within the realm of news.

According to the agreement, OpenAI will be granted a license to access and utilize a portion of AP’s extensive text archive dating back to 1985 for training its AI algorithms. In return, AP will harness the expertise and advanced technology developed by OpenAI, specifically their acclaimed ChatGPT model. It is essential to note that AP currently does not employ generative AI techniques for its news stories, as stated in the official announcement.

The arrangement sees OpenAI licensing part of AP’s text archive, while AP will leverage OpenAI’s technology and product expertise, the two organizations announced, as per Associated Press.

According to Brad Lightcap, the chief operating officer of OpenAI, the technical intricacies of the sharing process on the backend are still being discussed by both companies. He mentioned that the valuable input from AP, coupled with their provision of a superior factual text archive, will greatly enhance the effectiveness and practicality of OpenAI’s systems.

We are pleased that OpenAI recognizes that fact-based, nonpartisan news content is essential to this evolving technology and that they respect the value of our intellectual property, Kristin Heitmann, AP senior vice president, and chief revenue officer, said in a written statement.

AP firmly supports a framework that will ensure intellectual property is protected and content creators are fairly compensated for their work, she added.

The two companies acknowledged exploring potential applications of generative AI in news products and services. Although specifics were not disclosed, OpenAI and AP share a common belief in the responsible development and utilization of AI systems, as mentioned in their joint statement.

Via Axios