Biden has expressed uncertainty about the potential dangers of AI
President Joe Biden met with scientists and technology advisors to discuss the risks and opportunities of artificial intelligence. While the meeting likely won’t result in a ban of ChatGPT, Biden doesn’t seem convinced that AI is safe at this stage.
Since the emergence of ChatGPT, an AI chatbot that can respond in an almost human-like manner, interest in artificial intelligence has skyrocketed. This has prompted both big tech firms and smaller companies to develop their own versions of AI chatbots. However, US President Joe Biden has urged caution, insisting that these companies ensure the safety of their products before releasing them to the public. According to reports from AP and Reuters, the president has consulted with his science and technology advisors, which includes representatives from Google and Microsoft, to discuss the potential “risks and opportunities” that come with artificial intelligence.
Although there is no indication that ChatGPT will be banned like in Italy, the president remains unconvinced of the absolute safety of AI. When asked about its potential dangers, he stated that it is yet to be determined and could be a possibility. He emphasized the need for tech companies to ensure the safety of their products before releasing them to the public, acknowledging that while AI can help with some of society’s biggest challenges, such as climate change and disease, it also poses potential risks to our economy, national security, and society as a whole.
News organizations were informed by the White House that during his meeting, the president emphasized the significance of safeguarding rights and safety in order to encourage responsible innovation and implement appropriate measures. Additionally, he reiterated his previous appeals to Congress to enact laws that would safeguard children’s online privacy.
According to Russell Wald from the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence who spoke to the AP, it appears that the meeting did not result in the creation of new policies or significant changes. However, the president’s actions have paved the way for a nationwide discussion on AI by bringing attention to the subject. The Biden administration has also previously released its Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights, aimed at safeguarding the American public in the era of artificial intelligence by guiding the development and deployment of AI and other automated systems.
- AI is quickly becoming a transformative technological innovation, but there is a risk that it could be used by hackers to create autonomous malware or bolster the capabilities of cybercriminals. It is possible that AI-enabled malware could be used to launch attacks that are impossible for humans to defend against.
- Recently Microsoft announced VALLE is a AI software that can be used to scam people out of money. It imitates a friend’s voice or the voice of a celebrity. Microsoft hasn’t commented on reports that VALLE is a scam.
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