the year is 2025. openai lobbies congress to force websites that publish user-generated content to guarantee content is free of synthetic data (and mark it as such w/metadata in the html). google lobbies for compulsory no-cost licensing of all content published to the web, unless the site owner follows [proprietary standard that costs millions to implement]. facebook pays below poverty wages to thousands of contractors in locked, device-free rooms to type sentences, any sentences as LM fodder
Meanwhile, every niche community of experts having real conversations on forums moved to discord and they were shut down.
Forums of voluntary experts are so massively underrated, they are massive wells of knowledge that are conveyed in the highly trustable form of human conversation. Yah you can fake identities and such but compared to other mediums, fake conversation and beliefs stick out like a sore thumb.
@aparrish Let’s make all web content automatically AGPL and see Google squirm as they realize that then they also have to release everything into the commons. If my content is part of their program (that’s machine learning), then their program must be free.
I bet that there’s GPL content via that route in their programs.
I want commons that takes back what’s taken out.
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