The CEO of OpenAI, the startup behind ChatGPT, Sam Altman On Tuesday, told a Senate hearing that the use of artificial intelligence to tamper with election integrity is a “significant area of concern” that requires regulation.
“I am nervous about it,” CEO Sam Altman said of elections and artificial intelligence, adding that regulations and procedures are required.
For months, corporations of all sizes have rushed to bring increasingly versatile AI to market, pouring unending data and billions of dollars into the effort. Some detractors believe that the technology would increase societal problems such as bias and misinformation, while others predict that AI could terminate humanity.
“There’s no way to put this genie in the bottle. Globally, this is exploding,” said Senator Cory Booker, one of many politicians with concerns on the best way to regulate AI
As the 2024 election approaches, Senator Mazie Hirono warned of the dangers of misinformation.
“In the election context, for example, I saw a picture of former President Trump being arrested by NYPD and that went viral,” she added, questioning Altman on whether he thought the fabricated image was bad.
Altman said that designers should make it evident when an image is fabricated rather than true.
In his first appearance before Congress, Altman argued that the United States should consider licencing and testing criteria for the development of AI models in general.
He also stated that corporations should have the ability to refuse to have their data used for AI training, which is a proposal being discussed on Capitol Hill.
However, Altman stated that content on the public internet would be fair game.
Altman also stated that while he “wouldn’t say never” to advertising, he preferred a subscription-based model.