Artificial intelligence has been a hot topic in the tech industry since the release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in November 2022. While the competition among major technology companies is intensifying, concerns are also growing about privacy violations and ethical/social issues related to the black box nature of AI internal structures and operating principles that cannot be observed from the outside.
Recently, Canadian authorities launched an investigation into OpenAI’s ChatGPT, following complaints that it collects, uses, and discloses personal information without consent. ChatGPT is a chatbot that provides conversational answers to user queries by using information from the internet. It has attracted over 100 million monthly users since its launch, with Microsoft integrating its AI technology into search engines and office software.
However, ChatGPT faced a leak of customer information on March 20, which led to OpenAI taking the service offline to deal with the bug. The leaked information included personal details like credit card numbers and addresses of some paid users. The Canadian Personal Information Protection Commission (CPC) Chair, Philippe Dufresne, emphasized the importance of staying ahead of “fast-moving technological advances” and that the privacy impact of artificial intelligence is a top priority.
Governments around the world are considering ways to regulate generative AI software like ChatGPT. In the United States, President Joe Biden and the Science and Technology Advisory Council met on the 4th to discuss the risks and opportunities associated with artificial intelligence development. President Biden emphasized the need to address potential social, economic, and national security risks associated with AI, and urged Congress to pass legislation to ensure responsible innovation and adequate safeguards to protect children and curb data collection.
Artificial Intelligence has enormous potential to tackle some of our toughest challenges.— President Biden (@POTUS) April 4, 2023
But we must address its risks.
That's why last year, we proposed an AI Bill of Rights to ensure that important protections for the American people are built into AI systems from the start.
In conclusion, as AI technology continues to advance, it is crucial to ensure that proper measures are in place to safeguard users’ privacy and security. As such, both government bodies and technology companies need to work together to ensure responsible innovation and the development of AI technology that is ethical and socially responsible.
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