FTC's Eye on AI: Fair Play?

A breakdown of why the FTC is paying attention; Our favorite summarization hack

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  • The FTC and anti-competitive behavior

  • Summarize this way instead (it rocks)

  • BIG copyright stories are popping up

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The FTC is on watch; the anti-competitive landscape brewing

Tech Crunch dug up a blog the FTC Bureau of Competition posted this summer that piqued our interest. In it, the FTC outlined (and basically subtweeted) many anti-competitive behaviors brewing in AI. With a clear tone that they’re not going to stand for it.

Why is the FTC concerned about anti-competitiveness? Let’s break it down: 👇️

1) Data is King

Generative AI requires large datasets, think massive. And the head start of companies like OpenAI and existing datasets of tech giants like Meta and Google certainly hinder new players from entering the market.

2) Talent is Scarce

Developing these AI models requires a specific skillset and a significant workforce. The scarcity of such talent could incentivize companies to hoard, a phenomenon already quite common in big tech.

3) Computational Resources are Pricey

Generative AI systems require significant computational resources, which can be expensive to operate and maintain. New entrants typically access these resources through cloud computing services, which are provided by only a few firms, many of whom also have their own AI projects… again raising the risk of monopolization.

4) Open-Source Tactics

The FTC specifically calls out the double edged sword here.

While open-source can democratize the development of generative AI, companies can use "open first, closed later" tactics to undermine long-term competition. (also known as scorch the earth)

5) Unfair Methods of Competition

Last, there are certainly unfair methods of competition that big tech can use to entrench their power or gain control over this new generative AI market. Things like bundling, exclusivity and acquisitions are not looking good in the FTC’s eyes.

So, while the battle for AI is heating up, the FTC is ensuring that it's a fair fight.

And for all of us - that’s probably a very good thing.


You’re summarizing with ChatGPT wrong

It’s ok, we were too. 😆 

Let us introduce you to the Inverted Pyramid method.

This method has been used by journalists since the 19th century, when telegraph technology was still in its infancy.

The idea is simple: put the most important facts at the beginning. This way, even if the full content isn't transmitted due to technical issues or time constraints, readers still get the most crucial information.

(aka, make summaries super skimm-able with the most important stuff up top)



p.s. yes, our prompts are that structured. 👀 It’s one of the techniques we teach in the Prompting for AI Ops bootcamp and helps us get to high quality prompts for any problem, faster.


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