Like other people, you may be affected by generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Dall-E but also concerned about their potential impacts on society: will they confuse us?From convincing but false information and pictures? Will they undermine the intellectual property rights of writers, artists and other creators? They will ?
It might take you at least a little comfort to know that world leaders and lawmakers seem to be paying attention. On Saturday, the leaders of the Group of Seven, or Group of Seven, released a bulletin about their summit this week in Hiroshima, Japan, with concerns about artificial intelligence along with a host of other international issues.
The heads of state of the G7 – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States (plus the European Union) – called for a G-7 working group to establish Hiroshima by the end of the year. Process AI, to have conversations about how best to engage with chatbots, image generators, and other AI technologies. The publication said the talks would focus on developing an international framework to “achieve the shared vision and goal of trustworthy AI.”
“These discussions could include topics such as governance, protecting intellectual property rights including copyright, promoting transparency, responding to foreign manipulation of information, including disinformation, and responsible use of these technologies,” the bulletin says.
While it’s unclear what exactly might come of the talks, the G7’s focus on AI is another sign that people at the high end are aware of concerns about the technology and are cautious about allowing its development without restrictions. The G-7 Bulletin follows other recent steps the government has taken to examine and address AI and its potential risks.
This week, a US Senate subcommittee on privacy, technology, and law questioned Sam Altman, CEO of Open AI creator ChatGPT, about the pros and cons of AI, and Altman agreed that some kind of regulation is needed. Earlier in the month, US Vice President Kamala Harris met with tech chiefs to discuss the risks of artificial intelligence, and the White House unveiled a series of initiatives geared toward addressing those risks. And in April, the European Union released draft rules that would govern a wide range of AI technologies.
Since the AI chatbot ChatGPT burst onto the scene late last year, capturing people’s imaginations with human-like conversation capabilities and responses to questions, tech companies have been quick to get on board. They fear that failing to keep up with artificial intelligence may make them obsolete. Microsoft has added an AI chatbot to its Bing search engine, Amazon has released an AI coding companion, and most recently, Google revealed its own shift to AI search, with AI taking center stage at the tech giant’s annual I/O conference.
In their circular, the G7 leaders say they will work with technology companies and others to develop standards for AI geared toward “responsible innovation and implementation.” They also acknowledge that government policy has not always kept pace with the rapid growth of technology.
“We recognize that while rapid technological change has been strengthening societies and economies, international governance of new digital technologies has not necessarily kept pace,” the bulletin says. “As the pace of technological development accelerates, we stress the importance of addressing shared governance challenges and identifying potential loopholes.”
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