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OpenAI may have to halt ChatGPT releases following FTC complaint

2023-03-30 18:18 by
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Authorities in the U.S. and Europe should act quickly to protect people against threats posed by OpenAI's GPT and ChatGPT artificial intelligence models, civil society groups have urged in a coordinated pushback against the technology's rapid proliferation.

On Thursday the U.S.'s Center for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP) filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, calling on the agency to "halt further commercial deployment of GPT by OpenAI" until safeguards have been put in place to stop ChatGPT from deceiving people and perpetuating biases.

CAIDP calls GPT-4 "biased, deceptive, and a risk to privacy and public safety." The group says the large language model fails to meet the agency's standards for AI to be "transparent, explainable, fair, and empirically sound while fostering accountability."

The researchers want OpenAI to require independent reviews of GPT products and services before they launch. CAIDP also hopes the FTC will create an incident reporting system and formal standards for AI generators.

As noted by CAIDP, the FTC has expressed interest in regulating AI tools. It's warned in recent years that biased AI systems could draw enforcement action, and in a joint event this week with the Department of Justice, FTC Chair Lina Khan said the agency would be looking for signs of large incumbent tech companies trying to lock out competition. But an investigation of OpenAI - one of the major players in the generative AI arms race - would mark a major escalation in its efforts.

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