Google, play "Rumors" by Lindsay Lohan.
This mini-debacle begins with the allegation, published by The Information, that Google trained had trained its would-be Microsoft competitor chatbot on data from Microsoft's partner OpenAI's ChatGPT — a claim that would, if corroborated, be pretty embarrassing for Google, but one that a company spokesperson denied unequivocally in a statement to The Verge.
According to someone with knowledge of the situation who spoke to The Information, this claim is said to have originated with Jacob Devlin, a former Google AI researcher who, per the allegation, learned that his then-employer was scraping OpenAI chatbot data from a site called ShareGPT to build out Bard.
As The Information reported, Devlin jumped ship for OpenAI itself soon after voicing his concerns, though it's probably best not to read too much into that.
Hilariously, Google was in the ancient times of 2011 on the other side of this sort of scenario, when Microsoft's Bing search engine was caught mimicking Google's.
Rather than go the Nixon route, however, Microsoft — which is also knee-deep in the chatbot game and has a partnership with OpenAI to boot — was extremely blasé about the whole thing, with a company spokesperson responding that "everyone does this," as Ars Technica reported at the time.
Google, for one, seems to take those kinds of accusations pretty seriously regardless of which side they're on, so we probably won't get a shoulder shrug about this little kerfuffle from them anytime soon.
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