Big Data Isn’t Big Enough: Ocient Report

If you think data issues are challenging today, just wait.  Ocient finds that mere “big data” is being replaced by “hyperscale data”, which involves higher volumes and near-immediate analytics.  Nearly all respondents (97%) expect data volumes to rise quickly in the next few years and 59% expect to move to a new data warehousing platform to handle the growth.

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Getty Offers Gen AI Tool Built Only with Licensed Images

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Unauthorized training data isn’t an existential threat to generative AI but it’s certainly a headache for users and developers alike.  Most developers are trying to exclude materials that creators have explicitly labeled as unauthorized and citing “fair use” as justification for copying everything else.  Getty Images has taken an opposite approach, building its gen AI tool only on materials that are explicitly licensed.  It’s possible that tracing the provenance of training data will become a standard, similar to how organic food producers trace the origins of their ingredients.

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