OpenAI training models on Reddit data

It’s been announced that Reddit is going to be used to train OpenAI’s ChatGPT model on current topics (and probably more closely resemble human interactions.)

Redditors agreed to it in the terms of service.

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In other words if you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.

I suspect using the voting combined with the commentary is going to help reveal what is a useful comment and not, but I can’t help thinking that ChatGPT is going to start making some pretty snarky responses on current events if it’s trained on the groups I’ve looked at.

What I suspect location queries to ChatGPT will return in 2025

I suspect were I a regular contributor to Reddit I’d be annoyed that a chatbot is being trained to comment like me as I thought I was only being used for advertising purposes and not training Skynet to replace me.

It appears the main focus is on more recent content rather than resurrecting deceased redditors as AI ghouls to comment on the state of the post-IPO reddit, but everything Reddit now feeds the machine. Your work for your friends is being sold as a commodity. Fun times.

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