CBC News analysis finds thousands of Canadian authors, books in controversial dataset used to train AI

CBC News analysis finds thousands of Canadian authors, books in controversial dataset used to train AI

A CBC News investigation has found at least 2,500 copyrighted books written by more than 1,200 Canadian and Québécois authors were shared online as part of a massive — and now defunct — dataset used for artificial intelligence training and research purposes.

The dataset’s existence and general highlights were revealed earlier this year in The Atlantic. It led to an avalanche of writers expressing shock on social media that their work had been included without their permission and sharing their concerns that AI tools could use information from the dataset to generate content in their distinct artistic voice. 

A CBC News analysis of the dataset, called Books3, identified thousands of Canadian and Québécois authors and books in both official languages. 

Although that content represents less than two per cent of the 190,000 plus files in Books3, it reads like a who’s who of the country’s literary community: three quarters of CBC’s Canada Reads contenders and Scotiabank Giller award nominees are featured, along with over a third of all Governor General’s Literary Award finalists.

WATCH | Their books were found in a dataset used to train AI: 

Authors shocked to find their books used to train AI without permission

Some of Canada’s most famous authors were shocked to find that their books have been used without their permission to train artificial intelligence software. The Writers’ Union of Canada says it is considering a lawsuit, but one law professor says it’s not clear if using the books to train AI is illegal.

Topping the list of Canadian authors with the most books in the dataset is Margaret Atwood, of The Handmaid’s Tale fame, followed by best-selling children and young adult writer Gordon Korman and Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro. 

“I’ve been writing kids books for more than three quarters of my

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Thousands and thousands of Homebuyers Are Priced Out. It Will Get Even worse: Experts

Thousands and thousands of Homebuyers Are Priced Out. It Will Get Even worse: Experts
  • Extra than 9 million homebuyers in The us have been priced out of the marketplace due to the fact January.
  • A rise in all-hard cash gives and investor purchases is mainly hurting very first-time buyers’ probabilities.
  • But price ranges aren’t envisioned to appear down, with the supply of residences for sale in the US at report lows.

Soaring US curiosity charges built to gradual inflation have priced additional than 9 million homebuyers in The usa out of the housing sector due to the fact the start off of the calendar year, in accordance to a top home economist.

Nadia Evangelou, senior economist and head of forecasting at the Countrywide Affiliation of Realtors, claimed extra than 3 million millennials experienced been priced out of obtaining a household due to the fact January, with the common month-to-month rate of having to pay off a dwelling in the US mounting by approximately $270. 

‘It’s fairly demoralizing’

The US Fed has amplified fascination rates 2 times this year, with 6 more amount hikes expected by the conclude of 2022. That has now led to a massive soar in house loan fees, with the 30-year mounted-charge ordinary now exceeding 4.7%, after starting the year all over 3%. 

Evangelou said affordability experienced fallen through the pandemic as household charges rose far more quickly than incomes. At the exact time, much more individuals have been acquiring 2nd residences with their greater equity, although cash transactions and purchases by investment groups jumped.

In California, the NAR mentioned the month-to-month value of paying out off the median home finance loan is far more than $500 higher than in January, with less than 30% of 1st-time prospective buyers in the state in a position to obtain a home.

The NAR estimates buyers make up

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