OpenAI CEO to Congress: Please Regulate Me, Daddy

Holding the Line OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is practically begging for government regulation of AI — before it’s too late. As the Financial Times reports, Altman told a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday that regulators should create “guidelines about what’s expected in terms of disclosure” for companies like OpenAI. Altman also invoked next year’s presidential election, arguing that AI may be able to sway or predict the opinion of the public. “The more general ability of these models to manipulate, to persuade, to provide sort of one-on-one interactive disinformation… given that we’re going to face an election next year and these models are getting better,” he told lawmakers. “I think this is a significant area of concern.” “I think if this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong,” Altman added. “And we want to be vocal about that. We want to work with the government to prevent that from happening.” It’s not exactly a sharp turn for Altman, who has been a vocal proponent for regulation for some time now. And considering that he’s repeatedly warned the tech could do some serious harm to human society, we’re glad to see that he’s at the very least holding the pretty-please, pro-regulation line. Lines in the Sand Altman’s certainly not alone in thinking AI should be regulated. Earlier this year, OpenAI critic and Tesla CEO Elon Musk told investors that “AI stresses me out,” arguing that “we need some kind of, like, regulatory authority or something overseeing AI development.” That said, not everybody agrees. Just…OpenAI CEO to Congress: Please Regulate Me, Daddy

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