OpenAI Says Creative Jobs Shouldn’t Exist While Stealing Creatives' Work

The OpenAI logo in front of a red-orange gradient background
Credit: OpenAI

The OpenAI logo in front of a red-orange gradient background
Credit: OpenAI

In recent years, hundreds of companies have tried to offer revolutionary artificial intelligence that appeals to general audiences, but none are closer to achieving this than OpenAI. However, OpenAI's CTO recently expressed controversial opinions, suggesting that some creative jobs shouldn't exist as AI may replace them.

There's no doubt that OpenAI is a leader in the AI industry today. ChatGPT 4o is arguably the best AI chatbot available, and the upcoming release of OpenAI Sora aims to introduce an AI video generation tool that, hopefully, won't appear as uncanny as the Luma Dream Machine.

Despite its success, OpenAI seems to be embroiled in constant controversies. Recently, ChatGPT 4o's voice assistant imitated Scarlett Johansson's voice after she declined to record lines for the AI tool. A few months ago, a report suggested that OpenAI used millions of YouTube videos as data without permission.

The situation isn't improving for the company. In a recent interview, Mira Murati, Chief Technology Officer of OpenAI, stated, "Some creative jobs maybe will go away, but maybe they shouldn't have been there in the first place." This comment is particularly contentious given that OpenAI has relied on millions of creative works to develop its AI tools.

There have been significant issues with leading AI image generators, with reports indicating that tools like Stable Diffusion and DALL-E have used stolen artwork to train their models. It's surprising that the CTO of OpenAI would suggest that some creative jobs are unnecessary, especially when OpenAI collaborates with Vox Media and relies on journalists' work—journalism being considered a creative industry by many.

With companies like OpenAI using YouTube videos, and Google using Reddit users' data to train its AI, along with tools like Luma Dream Machine distorting iconic characters like The Flash and Star Trek's Picard, it's no wonder that many people in creative industries are frustrated with AI. Hopefully, governments worldwide will step in to protect jobs and copyrighted works from being exploited by AI datasets.

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