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Done deal: ChatGPT will now learn from Reddit conversations

Is this a match made in AI heaven or a user-privacy nightmare?
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Published onMay 16, 2024

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TL;DR
  • Reddit and OpenAI have announced a new partnership.
  • OpenAI will gain access to Reddit’s vast and diverse conversational data to train its language models.
  • Reddit will get OpenAI as an advertising partner, along with new AI-powered features for its platform.

In what seems like a significant move for the future of artificial intelligence and the online community in general, Reddit and OpenAI have announced a new partnership aimed at enhancing user experiences on both platforms.

Generative AI models, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, rely heavily on real-world data and conversations to learn and refine their language generation capabilities. Reddit, with its millions of active users engaging in discussions on virtually every topic imaginable, is a treasure trove of authentic, up-to-date human interaction. This makes it an ideal resource for OpenAI to train its AI models, potentially leading to more nuanced, contextually aware, and relevant interactions with users.

Under the terms of the partnership, OpenAI will gain access to Reddit’s extensive Data API, a vast repository of real-time conversations and discussions. This data will be used to refine OpenAI’s language models, including ChatGPT, potentially leading to more accurate and relevant responses, particularly on trending topics.

In return, Reddit plans to leverage OpenAI’s AI models to develop and deploy new features for its users and moderators. This could include enhanced moderation tools, personalized recommendations, and other AI-driven features to improve the overall Reddit experience.

The partnership also includes a commercial element, with OpenAI becoming a Reddit advertising partner. However, both companies have emphasized that this collaboration will not alter Reddit’s existing data policies and that any commercial use of Reddit data will require explicit approval.

OpenAI COO Brad Lightcap expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, highlighting the potential to “enrich the Reddit experience with AI-powered features.” Reddit Co-Founder and CEO Steve Huffman echoed this sentiment, stating that the integration of Reddit content into ChatGPT “upholds our belief in a connected internet” and can help new audiences discover the diverse communities on Reddit.

This collaboration further underscores Reddit’s evolving business model, as it increasingly relies on data licensing agreements. However, the strategy has already sparked concerns among some users about data privacy and control.

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