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Science and TechnologyArtificial IntelligenceBiden to discuss AI risks with experts

Biden to discuss AI risks with experts

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden will discuss the “risks and opportunities” artificial intelligence (AI) poses to society and national security at the White House. The discussion will take place during a meeting of the Presidential Council on Science and Technology (PCAST).

“The President will discuss the importance of protecting rights and safety to ensure responsible innovation and appropriate safeguards,” a White House spokesperson said in a statement ahead of the meeting.

The president will ask Congress to pass a bipartisan privacy law to protect children and limit the collection of personal data that tech companies collect about all of us, a Biden administration official said.

The meeting at the White House indicates the urgency of the issue and the attention the Biden administration is paying to it. Artificial intelligence issues have been in the spotlight as the technology has become accessible to ordinary Americans through the ChatGPT-4 chatbot.

AI-powered stock prices fell significantly ahead of the meeting, although the stock market also posted losses on Tuesday.

The discussion of all aspects of the implementation of artificial intelligence is becoming a hot topic for politicians in the United States.

AI ethics organization the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Policy has asked the Federal Trade Commission to ban OpenAI from releasing new commercial versions of the GPT-4 chatbot, which has already astonished and horrified users with its ability to generate writings. responses to queries.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy has urged the public to pause while considering the possible consequences of the introduction of artificial intelligence.

US lawmakers are also asking questions about ChatGPT’s impact on national security and education.

Last year, the Biden administration released a “bill of rights” plan to ensure users’ rights are protected as tech companies develop and deploy artificial intelligence systems.

On March 30, Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, along with a group of artificial intelligence experts and industry leaders, wrote an open letter calling for a six-month pause in development. more powerful systems than the recently launched OpenAI GPT-4. because of potential risks to society.

More than 1,000 people signed the letter, including Musk himself. Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, and Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella (CEOs of Alphabet and Microsoft) did not sign the letter.

Signatories include Stability AI CEO Emad Mostak, researchers at Alphabet-owned DeepMind, and prominent AI specialist Yoshua Bengio, often referred to as one of the “godfathers of AI”. and Stuart Russell, one of the pioneer researchers in this field.

“Powerful artificial intelligence systems should only be developed when we are convinced that their effect will be positive and the risks will be manageable,” the document states. He also notes that “such decisions should not be delegated to unelected leaders of tech companies.”

The letter also poses questions: “Should we allow the machines to flood our information channels with propaganda? Should we develop an AI that will eventually… outsmart us, outsmart us, render us useless and replace us? »

EU Police – Europol has previously warned of the potential use of artificial intelligence systems in phishing, disinformation and cybercrime attempts.

Earlier in March, Microsoft-backed OpenAI showed off the fourth version of its Generative Pre-trained Transformer (GPT) AI program, which wowed users with natural conversation, songwriting and writing short summaries. based on lengthy documents.

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