OpenAI Will Mix ‘Authentic’ Reddit Content Into Its AI Training Data

OpenAI and Reddit have announced a partnership to incorporate authentic Reddit content into OpenAI’s AI training data. The collaboration aims to expand the range of material available for OpenAI’s large language model (LLM) and improve the user experience. This move was positively received, with shares in Reddit briefly spiking more than 14% in after-hours trading. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is a shareholder in Reddit, and the agreement was approved by OpenAI’s independent board of directors. Reddit’s CEO, Steve Huffman, highlighted the value of including Reddit conversations in OpenAI’s model, stating that it upholds the belief in a connected internet and helps people find what they’re looking for. The partnership will also enable Reddit to develop new AI features using OpenAI’s technology and make OpenAI a Reddit advertising partner. The deal utilizes Reddit’s Data API to pull content into OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other undisclosed products. OpenAI’s Chief Operating Officer, Brad Lightcap, expressed excitement about enhancing ChatGPT with up-to-date information from Reddit. The collaboration with Reddit comes in the same week as OpenAI and Google both made significant announcements regarding their AI tools. This partnership is not Reddit’s first foray into leveraging their vast library of content for AI development, as they previously signed a deal with Google in February. The OpenAI-Reddit partnership has drawn criticism from some on social media, particularly regarding the controversial communities on Reddit. Nevertheless, the partnership holds promise for both companies in expanding AI capabilities and improving user experiences.