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Another portion of the policy has been updated to reflect the company’s intention to use collected data and other publicly accessible material to educate its machine learning and artificial intelligence models.
Stackdiary’s Alex Ivanovs observed the upgrade; he has a track record of discovering significant changes in tech firms’ terms of service, having previously discovered AI-related improvements in the new Brave browser (including the Brave Search API) and Zoom. His article has been quite popular on the Y Combinator news site Hacker News.
Related to separate venture called ‘xAI’
Specifically, the revised X policy is stated as follows in paragraph 2.1:
To further train our machine learning or artificial intelligence models for the reasons stated in this policy, we may use the information we collect and publicly accessible information.
Ivanovs notes that X owner Elon Musk plans to go into the artificial intelligence sector with a separate business called xAI. Because of this, he concludes that Musk plans to mine X for information to feed into xAI. Perhaps Musk’s recent tweet urging journalists to contribute to X was an effort to collect more relevant and engaging information for the AI to process.
It’s not that far-fetched, since Musk has said in the past that xAI will utilise “public tweets” to train its AI models. He said that Microsoft and other internet firms were using Twitter data to illegally train AI models, and he threatened legal action against them. Musk has sued unnamed parties for scraping his Twitter feed, presumably to feed it into massive language models used by AI.
Changes go into effect September 29
Ivanovs also references the material on xAI’s webpage, which says the firm is independent from X Corp but will collaborate closely with X, Tesla, and others to achieve its goals.