Culture news The clash of the titans? Game of Thrones author and colleagues take on OpenAI
Published on 09/21/2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has joined the Authors Guild in the United States to file a lawsuit against OpenAI. The plaintiffs denounce plagiarism of their work.
“We are the gravediggers of our own profession”
On September 19, 17 authors joined the Authors Guild (the oldest professional association for authors in the United States) to file a complaint against OpenAI. The plaintiffs, composed among others of Georges RR Martin (known for the creation of Game of Thrones and his involvement in Elden Ring), point the finger at the copying of the author’s work to train its artificial intelligences (like ChatGPT). They state that
(These large language models) may spew derivative works: material based on, imitating, summarizing, or paraphrasing the plaintiffs’ works, and harming the market for those works.
They add that companies specializing in artificial intelligence would not have working models without their original work. In this sense, they become a bit like the gravediggers of their own profession. An observation that can easily be drawn. Two months ago, it was Liam Swayne who asked ChatGPT (after making him ingest the five books already released) to write the last two books in the Game of Thrones literary saga.
OpenAI’s response to the complaint
His job then was not to write the conclusion of the series in place of George RR Martin but to “study the ability of artificial intelligences to write long works”. Something they seem to be able to do not without flaws. On this subject, OpenAI even responded to IGN:
Creative professionals around the world use ChatGPT as part of their creative process. We respect the rights of writers and authors, and we believe they should benefit from AI technology. We have productive conversations with many creators around the world, including the Authors Guild, and have worked cooperatively to understand and discuss their concerns about AI. We look forward to continuing to find mutually beneficial ways to work together to help people use new technologies in a rich content ecosystem.
In short, authors and screenwriters must work together. Words already used by Ubisoft as part of the presentation of its Ghostwriter tool: an AI which “does not replace the video game scriptwriter, but alleviates one of his most boring tasks. It is particularly a question of writing barks, these brief replies or sounds from NPCs in reaction to an event.. In any case, we haven’t heard the last of them.