OpenAI and Match Group: A Business Partnership Enhanced with AI Magic

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Match Group’s deal with OpenAI is just business with AI glitter on topListen here or wherever you get your podcasts. Hello, and welcome to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This week, Mary Ann, Kirsten and Alex gathered to chat through a massive sheaf of news. For episode transcripts and more, head to Equity’s Simplecast website. TechCrunch also has a great show on crypto, a show that interviews founders and more!

Reddit rakes in over $200M through data licensing agreements

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In its IPO prospectus filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Reddit repeatedly emphasized how much it thinks it stands to gain — and has gained — from data licensing agreements with the companies training AI models on its over one billion posts and over 16 billion comments. “In January 2024, we entered into certain data licensing arrangements with an aggregate contract value of $203.0 million and terms ranging from two to three years,” the prospectus reads. “We expect a minimum of $66.4 million of revenue to be recognized during the year ending December 31, 2024 and the remaining thereafter.”Now, it’s a mystery as to which AI vendors are licensing data from Reddit so far. Why’s Reddit data valuable? Reddit previously didn’t gate access to its data for AI training purposes.

Discover Your Blackness: The Ultimate Quiz to Measure Yourself Against ChatGPT

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Creative ad agency McKinney developed a quiz game called “Are You Blacker than ChatGPT?” to shine a light on AI bias. The game tests a person’s knowledge of Black culture against what ChatGPT has been trained to know about the Black community. Woods said the idea for the quiz came last year during a creative brainstorm at McKinney. Woods said it doesn’t seem like ChatGPT is learning from the quiz, either, based on the fact that it keeps getting the same answers wrong in many cases. Carter said that ChatGPT could work better for more cultures with better sourcing and having more inclusive data collection.

OpenAI and Match Group Seal Partnership, Claims Press Statement Penned by ChatGPT

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In a press release written with help from ChatGPT, Match Group announced an enterprise agreement with the AI chatbot’s maker, OpenAI. The AI tech will be used to help Match Group employees with work-related tasks, the company says, and come as part of Match’s $20 million-plus bet on AI in 2024. It even offered a quote from ChatGPT itself: “I’m thrilled that Match Group matched with me. To keep its corporate data protected, only trained and licensed Match Group employees will have access to OpenAI’s tools, it noted. Before being able to use these tools, Match Group employees will also have to undergo mandatory training that focuses on responsible use, the technology’s capabilities, as well as its limitations.

OpenAI Unveils Sora: A Revolutionary Credit Score-Centric Dating Platform and Controversial Backlash Against Anti-Tesla Advertisement

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OpenAI releases Sora, a credit score–based dating app launches and an anti-Tesla ad comes under fireWelcome, folks, to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s regular newsletter covering noteworthy happenings in the tech industry. This week, OpenAI stunned the blogosphere with the release of Sora, a new AI model that can generate videos in impressively high fidelity. Elsewhere, startup Score released a dating app exclusive to people with good to excellent credit scores. Google upgrades Gemini: Google expanded the range of its Gemini AI models available to developers across its platforms. And it’s previewed a new Gemini model capable of analyzing whole books, hours-long audio and hour-long videos.

Collaboration between OpenAI and Common Sense Media: Crafting AI Guidelines for Ethical Practices

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Case in point, OpenAI today announced a partnership with Common Sense Media, the nonprofit organization that reviews and ranks the suitability of various media and tech for kids, to collaborate on AI guidelines and education materials for parents, educators and young adults. As a part of the partnership, OpenAI will work with Common Sense Media to curate “family-friendly” GPTs — chatbot apps powered by OpenAI’s GenAI models — in the GPT Store, OpenAI’s GPT marketplace, based on Common Sense’s rating and evaluation standards, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says. Common Sense’s framework aims to produce a “nutrition label” for AI-powered apps, according to Common Sense co-founder and CEO James Steyer, toward shedding light on the contexts in which the apps are used and highlight areas of potential opportunity and harm against a set of “common sense” tenets. An Impact Research poll commissioned by Common Sense Media late last year found that 58% of students aged 12 to 18 have used ChatGPT compared to 30% of parents of school-aged children. “Together, Common Sense and OpenAI will work to make sure that AI has a positive impact on all teens and families,” Steyer said in an emailed statement.

“Revolutionary Innovations: Disney’s Virtual Reality Treadmill, OpenAI’s Resolution for ‘Lazy’ GPT-4, and Apple’s Stolen Device Safeguard”

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On the agenda for this edition is Disney’s innovative VR treadmill, OpenAI fixing its “lazy” AI and MIT’s high-capacity, fast-charging organic battery tech. We also cover Apple’s new stolen device protection feature, AI startup Rabbit’s nifty hardware and app makers debating launching apps tailor-made for Apple’s Vision Pro headset. Apple’s new device protection: Romain writes about Apple’s new stolen device protection feature, which, when turned on, requires Face ID or Touch ID biometric authentication for some actions, like accessing stored passwords and credit cards. Vision Pro apps a maybe: After Netflix said it wouldn’t release a dedicated app for the Apple Vision Pro, other app makers, including YouTube, are following in its footsteps. Bonus roundLamborghini licenses MIT battery tech: Writing for TechCrunch+, Tim reports that Lamborghini has licensed new battery tech from MIT that could overcome the limitations of the lithium-ion batteries in wide use today.

OpenAI Addresses Lack of Diversity on Its Board in Response to Congressional Black Caucus

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OpenAI has responded to a letter sent by the Congressional Black Caucus that flagged the lack of diversity on its board. OpenAI’s response letter, which TechCrunch saw, was dated January 5 and signed by CEO Sam Altman and Chairman of the Board Bret Taylor. The OpenAI board has received criticism for its lack of gender and racial diversity since its reconfiguration after Altman’s ousting and prompt return in November. In mid-December, CBC Chairs Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and Rep. Barbara Lee sent a letter to OpenAI, asking it to “move expeditiously” in diversifying its board. OpenAI did not immediately respond to TechCrunch’s request for comment regarding its response letter or its plans to diversify its board.

“OpenAI Reduces Prices and Repairs ‘Uncooperative’ GPT-4 Model”

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OpenAI is always making slight adjustments to its models and pricing, and today brings just such an occasion. It’s also a popular API, being lower cost and faster than GPT-4 on a lot of tasks. Hence the steady ratcheting down of prices — though it’s also a natural result of streamlining the models and improving their infrastructure. GPT-3.5 Turbo also gets a new model version, 0125 (i.e. And the company also released a new version of its free moderation API — which identifies potentially harmful text.

OpenAI Teams Up with Arizona State University: Bringing AI Education to Higher Learning

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OpenAI has its first higher education customer: Arizona State University (ASU). Today, ASU announced that it’s collaborating with OpenAI to bring ChatGPT, OpenAI’s AI-powered chatbot, to the university’s researchers, staff and faculty. Since then, some have reversed their bans, while others have begun hosting workshops on generative AI tools and their potential for learning. Launched in August, ChatGPT Enterprise can perform the same tasks as ChatGPT, such as writing emails, debugging computer code and drafting essays. “Right now, we’re hyper-focused on putting ChatGPT Enterprise into the hands of our knowledge core … to be at the forefront of discovery and implementation.”