Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, emphasized his concern on the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to tamper with election integrity in testimony before a Senate panel on Tuesday, highlighting the need for regulation in this field.
Altman emphasized that he is quite concerned about the possible risks connected to AI and elections and that these issues require the establishment of clear laws and norms.
The threat of false information was emphasized by Senator Mazie Hirono as the 2024 election neared. She brought up an incident where fake photos of former President Trump being detained by the NYPD went viral, and she questioned Altman about the possible harm brought on by such fake content. In response, Altman advised creators to make it very evident how an image is produced.
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Altman suggested that the United States should take into account enacting licensing and testing standards for the creation of AI models as a standard procedure during his first appearance before Congress. Altman cited models’ capacity to influence or convince a person’s opinions as a crucial threshold when asked to describe which categories of AI should be subject to licensing.
Altman also backed the notion being discussed on Capitol Hill, which would allow businesses to choose whether or not to allow the use of their data for AI training. He emphasized, however, that content accessible to the general public on the internet should be regarded as fair game.
Additionally, Altman stated his desire for a subscription-based approach while stressing his openness to the possibility of advertising. The CEO emphasized the value of international cooperation and provided incentives for safety compliance when talking about the future of AI.