US lawmakers, tech giants forum on artificial intelligence

2023-09-13 21:53:38, Tech CNA

US lawmakers, tech giants forum on artificial intelligence

Leaders of the biggest tech companies in the United States, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai met with lawmakers at the Capitol on Wednesday. in a closed-door forum to discuss the regulatory framework for artificial intelligence.

Lawmakers are grappling with issues related to reducing risks from new technologies, which are experiencing an increase in investment and popularity among users since the launch of the artificial intelligence application, "ChatGPT."

"It's important for us to have an arbiter," Mr. Musk told reporters, adding that there is a need for a regulatory authority "to ensure that companies take actions that are safe and in the general public interest."

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker praised the discussion and said all participants agreed that "government has a regulatory role," but drafting laws will be a challenge.

Lawmakers want legal protection against the threat of so-called "deepfakes," such as fake videos, election meddling and attacks on critical infrastructure.

"Today, we are undertaking a major, complex and vital initiative: establishing a policy framework around artificial intelligence that both parties in Congress agree on," US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat, said in a speech. his. "Congress must play a role, because without Congress we can neither increase nor decrease the benefits of artificial intelligence."

Among the attendees were Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna, Bill Gates, and American Federation of Labor and Industrial Organizations President Liz Shuler.

Senator Schumer, who had discussed artificial intelligence with Mr Musk in April, said the participants would discuss "why Congress should act, what questions should be asked, and how to build consensus on safe innovations".

In March, Mr. Musk and a group of artificial intelligence experts and company executives called for a six-month pause in the process of developing systems even more powerful than the GPT-4 application, citing risks to society.

This week, Congress has held three separate meetings on artificial intelligence. Microsoft President Brad Smith told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday that Congress should "require safeguards for artificial intelligence that controls or manages critical infrastructure."

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley criticized the closed-door session, saying Congress has failed to pass meaningful laws around the technology. "I don't see why we should invite the biggest monopolists in the world to come and give advice to Congress on how to help them make more money," Mr. Hawley said.

Regulatory authorities around the world are struggling to draft rules that guide the use of artificial intelligence, which can compose text and create images whose artificial origin is indecipherable.

Adobe, IBM, Nvidia and five other companies said Tuesday they have signed a voluntary pledge proposed by President Biden that calls for steps to be taken to identify content generated by artificial intelligence.

The pledges, which were made public in July, aim to ensure that the power of artificial intelligence is not used for destructive purposes. The companies Google, OpenAI and Microsoft signed these pledges in July. The White House is currently working on drafting an executive order on artificial intelligence./ VOA

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