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Your Gmail and Instagram are training AI. There's little you can do about it

By Geoffrey A. Fowler

08 Sep 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Tech companies such as Google, Meta, and Microsoft are increasingly using user data to train their artificial intelligence systems. This includes data from Gmail, Instagram posts, and Bing chats.

It's your Gmail. It's also Google's artificial intelligence factory.

Unless you turn it off, Google uses your Gmail to train an AI to finish other people's sentences. It does that by gobbling up your words so it can spot patterns in them. And if you use a new "experimental" Gmail function called Duet AI, Google uses what you type to make it a better writing coach, too. You can't say no.

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