Two types of AI products

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  1. User data improves their technology. Examples: Midjourney, TikTok, search/ads, deployed self driving (Tesla FSD, comma), v0.
  2. User data doesn’t improve their technology. Must pay for human labelers.

However, type-2 companies can bootstrap valuable data generation. Small amounts of initial human-labeled data can incrementally train better models that then speed up human labeling. Segment Anything is a golden example of this (new?) paradigm of data synthesis.