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In the latest release, changes can be seen that include adding Google’s AI models, Bard’s capabilities, and cloud AI to services that it can train using “publicly available information on the Internet” or from “other publicly available sources.”
The policy update suggests that Google is now making it clear to the public and its users that anything publicly uploaded online can be used in its learning processes with the current and future AI systems it develops.
This update from Google comes shortly after OpenAI, the developer of the popular artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT, was indicted in a class action lawsuit in California for allegedly scraping private information from users over the internet.
It alleged that OpenAI used data from millions of comments on social networks, blogs, Wikipedia and other personal information of users to train ChatGPT without first obtaining consent. The lawsuit concluded that this therefore violated the copyright and privacy rights of millions of users on the Internet.
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Twitter’s recent change in the number of tweets users can access based on their account’s verification status sparked speculation online that it was due in part to AI data scraping.
Elon Musk, owner and former CEO of Twitter, recently tweeted that the platform has “looted data so much that it has degraded the experience for regular users.”