The media reports that OpenAI has successfully lobbied for changes to the legislation of the European Union on artificial intelligence.
The company that created ChatGPT has effectively made efforts to change the provisions of the AI Law that are significant from a practical point of view. The media, referring to documents that were received from the European Commission in response to a freedom of information request, claim that OpenAI has managed to reduce the regulatory burden that would have become the firm’s obligation if the bill was approved without amendments.
Journalists report that several adjustments that were proposed by the developer of the most popular chatbot based on artificial intelligence are components of the version of the text of the law, which was approved by the European Parliament on June 14. The final version of the draft law will be approved in January next year after finalizing the current text.
In response to a media question to participate in lobbying, OpenAI stated that in September last year, at the request of European politicians, the company provided an overview of its approach to the safe deployment of systems like GPT-3, and commented on the then-version of the Law on Artificial Intelligence, basing on its own experience in the AI industry.
The firm also reported that since then the bill has evolved significantly, as a result of which there was a reason to publicly discuss the expanding possibilities of advanced technology and its implementation. OpenAI separately noted that the process of interaction with European politicians continues, and expressed support for the EU’s goal to ensure conditions for the creation, deployment, and safe use of artificial intelligence tools now and in the future.
The media reports that during lobbying for amendments to the bill, the company was able to provide convincing evidence of the maximum level of security of its general-purpose AI systems, which should not be classified as high-risk digital products, and apply strict legal control measures against them.
OpenAI also lobbied for the introduction of the concept of basic artificial intelligence models. The corresponding amendment was introduced at a late stage of the development of the bill. Simplified requirements will be applied to basic AI models.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said at the end of May that his company could curtail its activities in Europe if the Law on Artificial Intelligence entails excessive regulation of the industry. A few days after that, he clarified that the firm currently has no plans to leave the European market.
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