OpenAI and Reddit join forces: Your posts will help train artificial intelligence

How your online conversations are turning into smarter AI

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Reddit and OpenAI have reached an agreement to provide real-time access to Reddit content, which means your discussions will soon be visible in ChatGPT and other new products. In return, Reddit will get access to advanced AI technology to create new features for its users.

From now on, your Reddit discussions will be part of artificial intelligence. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, has struck a deal with Reddit that allows it to access the content of Reddit's data API in real time. This means that the AI will be able to "scroll" through Reddit conversations and use them to improve its responses and features. Reddit previously made a similar deal with Google that was worth $60 million.

What innovations does the agreement bring?

In addition to OpenAI accessing Reddit's content, Reddit will also benefit from this deal. OpenAI will allow Reddit to use its advanced language models to develop new apps and features. Users and moderators on Reddit will thus receive new AI-supported functionalities that will improve their user experience.

However, not all users are thrilled with these changes. In the past, Redditors have already expressed dissatisfaction with the way Reddit's administration manages the platform, leading to mass protests and the suspension of over 7,000 subreddits in June 2023.

What does this mean for the future?

Although financial terms were not disclosed in the blog announcing the partnership, and neither company mentioned using the data to train models, it's clear that this is a significant step forward for both parties. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said: “Reddit has become one of the largest open archives of authentic, relevant and always up-to-date human conversations about anything and everything. Including this in ChatGPT supports our belief in a connected internet, helping people find more of what they're looking for, and helping new audiences find community on Reddit.”

With this agreement, your online discussions will become part of the big picture of artificial intelligence, which is improving and developing every day. Who would have thought that your comments on the latest season of your favorite series or recipes for the best burger would one day help train the world's most advanced AI?

Be prepared for new functionalities and changes

Reddit and OpenAI promise that the new features will bring a better user experience and enable greater connection between users. Still, it will be interesting to see how users react to these changes and what impact this partnership will have on the future of both companies.

So, the next time you're writing your comment on Reddit, know that maybe this very moment is helping to train a smarter and better AI. The world is changing really fast, isn't it?

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