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The Atlantic's Thompson: Publishers should hedge their deals with AI

Picture: Screenshot via Nicholas Thompson on Linkedin.

Hot off the back of The Atlantic’s deal with OpenAI, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson shared some of his thinking via a video posted to LinkedIn:

My view is if it’s good for the company now, work with them. Just be prepared and hedge for it. Don’t become entirely dependent on it. Basically, look for deals that are good for you with eyes open about what could go wrong if the incentives of the company change.

All common sense stuff. But I find it hard to see how giving up your entire archive for training, for what risks being a one-time fee, can be helpful to news organisations in the long run. Nieman Labs has a longer post on Thompson's thoughts.