Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly advancing, reshaping industries and transforming the way we live and work. The AI market has witnessed an astounding growth, with several AI models entering the market within a matter of months. As this technology continues to gain prominence, the CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, has called upon US lawmakers to take swift action and regulate AI to harness its potential while addressing the ethical concerns and potential pitfalls it presents.
The CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, recently addressed a US Senate committee, urging lawmakers to implement regulations for AI. Altman, who is also the creator of the advanced chatbot ChatGPT, expressed the need for a new agency to oversee the licensing of AI companies. This call for regulation comes as numerous AI models have emerged in the market within a short span of time.
AI has received criticism from those who created and advanced it. This month Geoffrey Hinton resigned from his position at Google, expressing concerns about the increasing dangers associated with advancements in the field.
Renowned as the godfather of artificial intelligence (AI), the 75-year-old Hinton admitted regret regarding his previous work. He described some of the risks posed by AI chatbots as “quite scary” and expressed the belief that they may soon surpass human intelligence.
In the US hearing, Sam Altman acknowledged other pitfalls of AI, including its potential for inaccuracies and the importance of addressing ethical concerns. He said that if AI technology goes awry, the consequences could be severe, leading him to advocate for collaboration with the government to avert such scenarios.
Altman also acknowledged the impact of AI on the job market, predicting potential layoffs and emphasising the necessity of devising strategies to mitigate these effects. Despite this concern, he expressed optimism about the future of employment and the emergence of new, exciting job opportunities.
Mike Needham of finance startup Doddler commented: “The fast pace of technological advancement raised concerns among legislators about the agency’s ability to keep up with the evolving landscape.”
“Balancing the need for regulation with the rapid progress of AI poses a significant challenge for policymakers.”
Altman expressed worries about the influence of AI on democracy, particularly its potential to disseminate targeted misinformation during elections. He considered this one of the most pressing concerns in the field.
Altman proposed various measures that a new agency could implement to regulate the industry effectively. These suggestions included licensing and testing requirements for AI companies, specifically focusing on the development and release of AI models surpassing a certain threshold of capabilities. Additionally, Altman stressed the importance of independent audits for companies like OpenAI.
During the hearing, Republican Senator Josh Hawley recognized the transformative nature of AI but also drew a parallel to the invention of the atomic bomb, highlighting the potential risks associated with its development. Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal expressed a cautious perspective, expressing the need to focus on the positive aspects of AI and learn from past failures to regulate technologies like social media effectively.
The testimonies revealed a bipartisan consensus regarding the establishment of a regulatory body for the AI industry.