"AI-training practices are secretive and fundamentally nonconsensual" [Alex Reisner, The Atlantic]

This is what 15 years of my writing life looks like. Researching, writing and rewriting the 8 novels consumed 15 years. It took me a decade to complete the first three novels. The short story collection collects a decade's worth of short fiction. These are my books that have been scraped and used to train AI for the tech companies that used Book3.

So, yeah, my piss boiled to steam yesterday when I read Alex Reisner's new article in The Atlantic. As I feared, nine of my books are in Book3. They've been scraped to train AI. They were distributed illegally in the first place, by a pirate site, along with another 183,000 books.

Reisner's articles in The Atlantic on this subject come recommended and should be followed by professional authors. There is a search function at the foot of this article, so authors can check for the inclusion of their (life's) work in this illegal process.

From Reisner:"These authors spent years thinking, researching, imagining, and writing, and had no idea that their books were being used to train machines that could one day replace them. Meanwhile, the people building and training these machines stand to profit enormously ...

A culture of piracy has existed since the early days of the internet, and in a sense, AI developers are doing something that’s come to seem natural. It is uncomfortably apt that today’s flagship technology is powered by mass theft ...

Who could spend years writing a novel or researching a work of deep history without a guarantee of control over the reproduction and distribution of the finished work? "[Alex Reisner, The Atlantic]

The data should be scrapped; the companies should be fined; AI doesn't belong in books. In my opinion that includes "AI assistance" in writing.

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