Apple Enters the Generative AI Arena, Seeking Partnerships with News Publishers
In the race to develop generative artificial intelligence, Apple has notably been absent from the roster of tech giants with offerings in the field. However, recent developments indicate that the company is gearing up to make its entry, as reported by The New York Times. Apple has begun engaging with key news publishers and media organizations, proposing to use their vast repository of news content to inform its AI system. According to sources, Apple is willing to pay for this privilege, with offers of multi-year agreements reportedly valued at a minimum of $50 million.
As the iPhone creator reaches out to publishers, there has been a mixture of responses. While some publishers appreciate Apple's upfront approach and readiness to compensate them, there remains a sense of trepidation. Concerns have emerged about potential legal entanglements that could surface from licensing their extensive news archives to Apple. Moreover, there's a looming worry about Apple becoming a formidable competitor in the news space.
In contrast to other tech companies, Apple's conduct has been positively noted – the company has sought explicit approval from content creators and has expressed a clear willingness to financially acknowledge their contributions. The discussions at the top levels of Apple have long revolved around sourcing data for AI projects, particularly given the company's stance on preserving user privacy, which has made them cautious about utilizing freely collected internet data.
This approach stands out against the backdrop of competitors facing criticism and legal challenges for allegedly using protected content without proper permissions to train their generative AIs. Among such companies, OpenAI has found itself embroiled in legal disputes, including claims from authors like George R.R. Martin and John Grisham, who accuse the organization of profiting from their work without consent. Another lawsuit suggests that OpenAI, along with Microsoft, has reaped significant business value by appropriating the broader collective works of humanity.