I was planning to regurgitate some of the current discussions about AI, particularly with respect to copyright (this is, after all, a blog by and for authors), but I have just changed my title to Untrained Melody because of something I noticed this morning on Amazon.
One of the most important factors in buying something on Amazon is how many stars a book or other product has, and how many five-star reviews there are. Well, now that Amazon is using AI to sort reviews, one maybe cannot trust Amazon star ratings and reviews.
"Customers like the quality and sturdiness of the health personal care product. They mention that it is beautiful and well made.AI-generated from the text of customer reviews"
The sentence about AI is in very fine print. (I put up a screen shot, but that was not permitted).
Intrigued for many reasons, I scrolled until I found the reviews. Here is the reviews link:
Authors Bruce D. Sokler, Alexander Hecht, Christian Tamotsu-fjeld, and Raj Gambhir discuss the dilemmas that have arisen around the world from the methods used by developers to train their tools and models.
As they write:
"Many have been amazed by the capacity of generative AI tools to answer questions, crack jokes, and compose poetry."
".. for training AI models, researchers have “scraped” various data sources including internet forums, book corpuses, and online code repositories."
Allegedly, it wasn't a contentious issue until AI became commericalized. Perhaps a use can be fair as long as it is for the benefit of all mankind, and is not exploited for the financial gain of a few.
All the best,