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Will the desperate race to save generative AI succeed?
By Gary Marcus  |  Jan 31, 2024
Will the desperate race to save generative AI succeed?
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Copyright infringement issues threaten to sink the businesses of GenAI companies like OpenAI and Midjourney. While they do have gambits, these are unlikely to trump underlying concerns, asserts Gary Marcus, a best-selling AI author, entrepreneur, and professor.


This article has been adapted from the original version, which can be found on Gary Marcus' Substack.

What does one do when one’s potentially zillion-dollar business suddenly runs into a massive obstacle that turns out bigger than expected?

For many companies, the first resort is to stonewall. If a major incident goes down, a simple ‘no comment’ is a time-honored classic - ducking reporters altogether is even better. When a Business Insider reporter asked OpenAI and Midjourney to comment on the Gary Marcus-Reid Southen results showing the potential for inadvertent plagiarism in generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) - even with simple prompts that were not asking for infringing content - OpenAI and Midjourney both chose the second option:

Stonewalling is rarely a viable long-term solution, however. This is why one must also lobby both the public and government. OpenAI recently made its case to the United Kingdom government, per a scoop in the Daily Telegraph - sent to me from the UK by Cardiff University Business School Prof Leighton Andrews.

This is worth reading carefully to see what lies ahead - and there are plenty of lies ahead:

Frankly, this is nothing more than self-serving nonsense. My snarky reply on X (née Twitter) - which instantly went viral - was:

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