The emergence of advanced generative AI technologies has significantly impacted Goliad Technologies’ mission of preserving and archiving human-generated content from the internet, specifically from message boards of the 1990s and early 2000s. Here’s a breakdown of the situation:
- Goliad Technologies’ Original Mission: Goliad Technologies is on a mission to preserve human-generated content, focusing on internet message boards and social media.
- Challenge from Generative AI: With the advent of Large Language Models (LLMs) like GPT-3 and GPT-4, the perception of the value of old message board data has changed among the original owners of these now-defunct forums. There are two main concerns:
- Increased Perceived Value: Some owners believe that their data has gained more value in the context of AI development. They see potential future opportunities to sell this data as training material for AI models.
- Ethical and Privacy Concerns: Others are worried that, despite Goliad Technologies’ Ethical Data Usage Policy, the data they provide might eventually be used for AI training, raising concerns about privacy and the original intent of the data.
- Goliad Technologies’ Acknowledgment: The company recognizes the legitimacy of these concerns. They understand that the data could indeed have monetary value, especially considering potential future legal frameworks around data usage for AI training.
- Impact on Goliad Technologies’ Goals: Goliad Technologies aims to make this historical internet content publicly available for free, for researchers and the general public. However, this openness raises the issue that the data could be used to train AI systems, which aligns with the concerns of the data holders.
- Current Status and Future Plans: Goliad Technologies has not yet found a solution to these concerns. However, they are committed to continuing their efforts to innovate and find alternative ways to preserve internet speech and content.