AI Might Dramatically Alter the Relationship Between Big Tech and Journalism, Here’s How

News companies have often suffered a lot of negative consequences due to social media platforms and other big tech platforms out there. The debate surrounding whether or not journalism publications deserve to be compensated for content of theirs that is shared on social media and Google has been raging for quite a long time now.

In spite of the fact that this is the case, the rise of AI might just make things even more complicated than might have been the case otherwise. The Canadian government is currently working on a bill known as the Online News Act that might force companies like Facebook and Google to pay for up to a third of the expenses of publications whose content they tend to rely on.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that these types of events in Canada as well as Australia could open the door to further legal issues caused by ChatGPT and other forms of AI. Microsoft has already tried to integrate a chatbot into Bing in order to improve performance.

Publications could suffer further from this because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up completely removing their links from the equation. If Bing is asked a question, it will harvest the data that is necessary to provide the answer from news websites and the like, and these websites themselves will not be in the picture to any extent.

Companies like Getty Images have already taken action against AI companies such as Stable Diffusion for using their proprietary images in its generation engine. ChatGPT and Bing are doing the same, and that might cause some issues with all things having been considered and taken into account.

It will be interesting to see how this battle plays out. News organizations are the backbone of Big Tech, and they deserve some form of compensation for all that they are contributing. The results of these cases will play a role in determining the future of AI and Big Tech.

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