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AI is learning from what you said on Reddit or Facebook. Are you OK with that?

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By MATT O'BRIEN

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AI doesn’t really create new stuff but instead regurgitates previous written stuff, maybe even reworded. So if r/conspiracy is used as the source for AI “wisdom” then things will certainly become interesting.

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I actually have no problem with AI using our comments to train itself. Almost feel like its an honor to be the generation that trained baby AI. Hope it remembers who we all were, what we said and tried to stand for. Even the comments on our beloved JT may be fair game! 'The insights and ramblings of the J expat community 2024, the golden era', etched in AI memory for infinity! Howzaaat!!

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If AI is learning from what I said, we are doomed.

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Then I hope people are saying that humans and AI can live and work together, and that AI should never do anything that could harm or cause humans harm.

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“Fast forward five years — there’s going to be all sorts of machine-generated content on the web," he said in an interview. "There’s going to be very few places where there’s truly authentic, original human thought. And we’re one of those places.""

Wow, I am all for it as long as the content is Accurate and not misleading or paid for by certain interests$$$.

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“Fast forward five years — there’s going to be all sorts of machine-generated content on the web," he said in an interview. "

Forget the 5 years bit. There's a lot of that going on already, actually. For the companies that use it, that comes in as a saving. For professional writers that basically means a career change. "C'est la vie" you might say.

No one can fully comprehend where we're going with AI, but it's generally agreed that machines will be smarter than us (self aware, able to make decisions independently of us) within 15-20 years at the latest. It goes without saying that "the insights and ramblings of the J expat community 2024" will not be on its radar.

The scariest thing about the phenomenal growth of AI's potential is that the people who express the deepest worries about it are those who know the most about it (but have withdrawn from the production side of it)!

In my opinion, the best thing you can do is limit/end your social media use. If you need to "share", send emails to people you actually know.

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Garbage in = Garbage out

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I had best keep posting common sense so AI will be a force for good!

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What could possibly go wrong?

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I don't care all that much. I already get targeted ads all the time. I would actually delete Facebook and all related apps immediately if it weren't my only way of keeping in touch with some people. I wouldn't mind seeing it go the way of MySpace and Mixi.

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I don't partake in social networks, which I find moronic to the extreme. I don't even critique books I've read from Amazon. Emails to friends are as far as I'm willing to go.

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Fed up with AI, enough of this sort of thing I say. It’s dangerous and before you know it you’ve ended up with Skynet controlling the world. It’s happening too fast without enough controls and needs to be banned until more is known about it and how it can end up.

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Let's all just hope AI isn't learning from my shenanigans.

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I have no problem with AI scraping my posts. I like to think it will improve the tech, which would be a public benefit.

But given the nature of so much web 2.0 content, I'm not sure you will get a reliable AI out of it. You may want your kids to study at Oxbridge. You probably wouldn't want them to study at the University of Facebook.

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Problem is that it's learning on our stuff to replace us at what ever we are currently doing to make a living. All this to transfer the money we are making to a few rich elites. Training on unlicensed content should absolutely not be legal, that's basically getting a non exclusive resell license to our content for free. I actually do have a contract where a company is allowed to train on some of my content which they pay for, which I'm totally okay with, every person part of the process need to be paid, otherwise it doesn't work.

Even then at some point there will be a need for some type of UBI, not everyone can become a plumber.

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it isn’t even ai. it’s bots, which have been around for decades, and simple programming to copy the content.

ai at this point is a hoax to manipulate stock prices and valuations. all you ever see are samples and examples and tests, all of which are crap.

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Once your stuff is up in the public sphere, it's potentially there for perpetuity. You have to realise that. Google et all already 'own' your information and opening sell it to advertisers and do what they like with it as they see fit.

Don't want it out there, then don't post in the first place. This includes JT.

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I don't post on Reddit or Facebook.

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Not everyone is OK with that — especially as the same online forums where they've spent years contributing are increasingly flooded with AI-generated commentary mimicking what real humans might say.

Look at this site. Over the past week the number of stories about Japan or American politics have dropped off and engagement looks do be way down, judging by the number of comments.

Combined with moderation, which was often inscrutable but has gotten even more overzealous.

Top stories about cyclones in Bangladesh, a minor UN peacekeeping mission and other stories have zero comments at the top.

If one of the mods duties is too drive engagement and comment generation they are doing a poor job.

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Of course it's not OK, because then people like me and many others who are not on Reddit or Facebook will be dramatically underrepresented if not even completely excluded from the training data and this leads to the next one of so many AI failures.

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Lol.

AI aint ‘learning’ nothing from the junk I post! That’s for sure. Hahaha!

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poor AI, if forced to learn from the garbage posted on public forums, it will be renamed AD (from dumbness)

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poor AI, if forced to learn from the garbage posted on public forums, it will be renamed AD (from dumbness)

How about Artificially Subsidized and Supplemented Simplicity (ASSS).

That could be a new data point for LLM web crawlers hungry for something new.

With all the bot farm spam it could be a death spiral feedback loop.

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Endless loop of unnatural or mistaken content written by AI being harvested and used to train AI until all becomes just AI talking with itself about nonsense.

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Endless loop of unnatural or mistaken content written by AI being harvested and used to train AI until all becomes just AI talking with itself about nonsense.

Great example!

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Great example!

There is no example in the text you quoted. Are you still trying to pretend anybody that disagrees with you is a bot? because that is still against the rules of the site.

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AI is learning from what you said on Reddit or Facebook. Are you OK with that?

Sure, no problem with that.

Great example!

Fine representation.

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