TMW #158 | Wednesday Martech Briefing

Jan 17, 2024

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Media strikes back against Generative AI, Walmart tries again at gaming, and more ad networks. 

Here’s the week in Martech: 

  • Legacy media strikes back against GenAI: The NYTs lawsuit against OpenAI 
  • Walmart tries again at gaming: New things after failing at the Metaverse
  • More ad networks: With some interesting ideas for in-store ads 
  • Everything else: App stores and antitrust, is that CDP real-time? The three eras of personalization, the rise of data compliance teams, reusable identity, and teaching a man how to fish 

 👇 Here’s everything you’ve missed in marketing and tech this week.

📰 Latest Developments

OpenAI accuses New York Times of manipulating Chat-GPT for copyright lawsuit. In response to the NYT filing a copyright lawsuit against them late last year, OpenAI has responded via a blog post, accusing the publisher of intentionally manipulating Chat-GPT to regurgitate their articles word-for-word. The AI giant claims that the examples provided in the lawsuit were cherry-picked from years-old articles replicated on multiple third-party websites, a strategy the NYT knew would increase the chance of regurgitation. This raises a rather philosophical thread of questions: what should be the threshold for plagiarism in the age of AI? If Chat-GPT replicates a NYT article without attribution in 1 out of 1,000 prompts on a particular topic, is that plagiarism? What about 1 in 10? This entire saga might be a game of settlement chicken, but if it goes to court, we are likely to receive a narrow legal response to these questions, rather than the holistic reconsideration of copyright that is needed. Link

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Juan Mendoza

Juan Mendoza is an expert in researching global media, marketing, data, and technology trends. He is the CEO of The Martech Weekly, a media and research brand with subscribers in over 65 countries.

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