OpenAI boss: Artificial intelligence should be regulated
The head of the AI company OpenAI, Sam Altman, advocates proactive regulation of artificial intelligence, but criticizes the current EU proposals.
The boss of the ChatGPT inventor OpenAI, Sam Altman, has reaffirmed his fundamental agreement to the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) – but he is critical of specific considerations in the EU.
“I think that regulation for technologies like this is really good,” said the US entrepreneur at an event at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He is generally of the opinion that it is better to first wait and see what happens and then to react responsibly. “But there are situations – and I think this is one of them – where we should act proactively.”
At the same time, Altman admitted that the plans for AI regulation in Europe are still “rather vague”. “I think there is a version of European AI law that can be good, but we’ll see how it all plays out,” he said.
OpenAI wants to try to stick to the regulations
Altman had previously said in an interview with journalists in London that the current considerations for the law caused him “a lot of concern” and that he did not rule out withdrawing from the EU. OpenAI will try to adhere to the regulations. “But if we can’t meet them, we will shut down operations,” he was quoted as saying by the Financial Times.
He doesn’t believe in the possibility of a completely unbiased AI, Altman said. The question must therefore be clarified as to whose values the systems should be based in the future. He doesn’t have an answer to that yet, but he wants to talk to developers and other people affected by the technology worldwide about this topic – it’s good to get out of the “Bay Area echo chamber,” says Altman.
Before the event at TUM, the OpenAI boss met with Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) in Berlin. He spoke to Scholz about “how we can find the right balance between all the advantages that can result from this and regulation that protects us in the short and long term while not unduly restricting innovation,” Altman said.
Probably the best-known application from the American developer OpenAI is the chatbot ChatGPT, which has been available free of charge since November and has been much discussed since then. With the help of AI, ChatGPT can answer questions from a wide variety of topics or even write entire essays.
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