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ChatGPT CEO calls on US Congress to regulate AI development

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  • The CEO of Open AI, which created Chat GTP, spoke to Congress.
  • Sam Altman discussed the benefits of the technology.
  • He also stressed Congress should regulate AI now.

The CEO of Open AI, the company that created Chat GTP, spoke to Congress about regulating AI. He stated that it’s important able to take measures to ensure that artificial intelligence does not become a problem for society.

Sam Altman, the CEO and co-founder of Open AI stressed that he doesn’t want this technology to become dangerous. Likewise, he explained that it is becoming a great tool for the world’s population and could even help the government.


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On Tuesday, Sam Altman, CEO and co-founder of Open AI, developer of the ChatGPT text generation program, called on the United States Congress to regulate the development and uses of artificial intelligence (AI). In an appearance before a Senate subcommittee, Altman listed the beneficial applications of the  technology, from medicine to combating the climate crisis, and was confident that AI could be used for the benefit of humanity.

But he said that it’s necessary for the governments or a global agency to intervene to ensure that these tools are developed in a way that protects and respects the rights and freedoms of citizens. «We believe that the benefits of the tools we have developed so far far outweigh the risks,» the businessman stated during the hearing.

A risk to the public?

¿Un riesgo para la población?
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However, the OpenAI co-founder expressed concern about the risks that the technology could pose to the world if its development is not supervised, detailed EFE.

«My biggest fear is that we will cause (…) significant harm to the world,» Altman said when asked about his main concerns about artificial intelligence. He added that «if this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong,» he said, according to EFE.

Could AI be harmful?

¿Podría ser algo negativo?
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“That could happen in many ways. It’s why we started the company,” he said, adding that his company wants to work with the government to regulate it. Altman’s testimony comes amid concern on the part of US authorities about the possibility that the rapid advancement of AI technologies has unexpected effects on society, EFE reported.

Lawmakers cited risks such as job loss or the use of content creation tools to generate false information by foreign actors.

What do they hope to achieve?

¿Qué desean lograr?
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To illustrate his concerns, Senator Richard Blumenthal, chairman of the subcommittee on privacy, technology, and the law, broadcast an AI-powered recording that had been written by ChatGPT and was a convincing voice clone of the Congressman.

“Quoting ChatGPT, this is not necessarily the future we want,” Blumenthal joked at the start of the event. Altman conceded that AI was likely to affect the job market but he was optimistic that, in the long run, the technology would create more new jobs than it would destroy. «We are tremendously creative,» he stated.

What about misinformation?

¿Continúa con errores?
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Another guest at the hearing, IBM’s Director of Privacy and Trust, Christina Montgomery, cited her own position as an example of work that didn’t exist before the development of AI. Altman was also open to Blumenthal’s suggestion that the government develop independent laboratories to test the reliability of the artificial intelligence models, and that they would give them a similar grade to the nutritional rating of food.

The CEO of OpenAI admitted that his products are still buggy, but over time they will become more and more reliable. Republican Senator Josh Hawley stated that artificial intelligence is «one of the most significant innovations in history» but that it is still not clear if it will be more similar to the invention of the printing press or to that of the atomic bomb.

What does Congress think?

¿Qué opinó el Congreso?
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The congressmen argued that, while it is true that public regulation is needed, AI companies like OpenAI do not have to wait for Congress to put in place mechanisms to control the development of the technology to mitigate the damage.

Earlier this month, the US government announced that it will invest $140 million to establish seven new artificial intelligence research institutes that will drive responsible innovation and ensure that advances in technology serve the common good. The centers will join the 18 AI research institutes already operating in the country.

What does the White House say?

Creador ChatGPT propuesta congreso: ¿Qué señaló la Casa Blanca?
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In addition, the White House announced that major AI companies have agreed to undergo a public evaluation of their systems during the DEF CON 31 hacker event, to be held in Las Vegas at the beginning of August, according to EFE.

During the convention, thousands of participants will analyze whether these systems are aligned with the AI ​​Bill of Rights proposed by the US government, which includes principles such as the privacy of user data or protection against discriminatory algorithms.

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