A breakthrough in energy is essential for the future of artificial intelligence (AI). This was said by CEO Sam Altman of OpenAI, the company behind chatbot ChatGPT. According to him, artificial intelligence will require much more energy than many people previously assumed. Altman also said his company doesn't need text messages from parties like the New York Times (NYT) to train its chatbots.
Altman's statements came on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He stressed the importance of investing in more climate-friendly energy sources, especially in the field of nuclear fusion or cheap solar energy and improving energy storage.
“There's no way to get there without a breakthrough,” he said of the future of artificial intelligence. “It motivates us to invest more in nuclear fusion.” In 2021, Altman personally provided $375 million to US nuclear fusion company Helion Energy. That company later signed a deal to supply power to Microsoft, OpenAI's largest backer.
In nuclear fusion, atoms fuse together. This releases energy, with no waste and no CO2 emissions. In theory, this could be a very environmentally friendly source of energy, but fusing atoms requires intense lasers, which costs energy.
The OpenAI CEO also responded to recent accusations that his chatbot training startup is violating The New York Times' copyright. A few weeks ago, the American newspaper filed a lawsuit against technology companies for using articles without permission to train chatbots. According to Altman, the newspaper estimates the value of its texts to chatbots to be very high.
“Some people think we need all the training data and that their data is very valuable,” he said at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. “In reality, that's not usually the case. For example, we don't want to train using data from the New York Times.
OpenAI previously signed a deal with the Associated Press (AP) to give its chatbots access to part of the news agency's archives. A deal has also been struck to use scripts from German media company Axel Springer. Behind the scenes, according to Bloomberg News sources, negotiations are still underway to reach agreements with media outlets such as CNN, Fox and Time.
The New York Times was not the only newspaper to go to court regarding this issue. Last year, a group of best-selling authors, including thriller writer John Grisham and Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, sued the AI company for copyright infringement. The NVJ journalists union announced earlier that similar cases could follow in the Netherlands.
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