“ Most of the literature that chatbots will read is in the public domain and on the internet. ”
Fiction writers are in an uproar that artificial intelligence will intensify competition. They want large-language models to either stop training on their literature or to be paid royalties. Like the Luddites weavers in the 18th century, who broke into factories to smash textile looms, these writers want special status to protect their employment from technological progress.
Chatbots built on generative AI technology such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Alphabet’s
Bard can train by reading whatever is on the web — including newspapers, industrial diagrams, open-source software, paintings, textbooks, the classics and modern fiction. Tho …