Sam Altman, the head of OpenAI, which developed the world’s most popular chatbot based on artificial intelligence called ChatGPT, said that there is no reason for concern and fear about government regulation of the digital mind.
Mr. Altman, during a speech in Taipei last Monday, September 25, stated that he was not very concerned about the prospects of excessive regulation of machine intelligence by the governments of the world, but noted that this scenario of interaction of authorities with advanced technologies within the legal space is quite possible.
At the same time, the head of OpenAI said that he was interested in the issue of insufficient level of state monitoring in the sphere of digital intelligence. He stressed his concern about the likelihood of weak external control in the industry. Also, Sam Altman acknowledged that many representatives of the artificial intelligence industry negatively perceive the very idea of regulation. But he stated his commitment to the need for state control, specifying that in this case monitoring measures must be meant only for the most powerful AI systems.
Sam Altman says that the configurations of artificial intelligence, whose power index is about 10 thousand times higher than the capabilities of ChatGPT-4 and which have the same level of mental development as human civilization in the global sense, probably should be in the zone of some regulation.
The head of OpenAI described the mood in the technology industry, which provides for something like a categorical rejection of state control, as reflexive.
Mr. Altman’s statements were made at a time when, according to experts, there is a decrease in the space of opportunities for responsible use of artificial intelligence around the world. Some analysts believe that the United States is in a better position in terms of the prospects for effective control of AI compared to the authorities with appropriate powers in Europe and China. This position is justified by the fact that most of the innovative solutions in the sphere of machine intelligence were created in the USA.
As part of the discussion on the expediency of regulating the AI industry and the reasonable limits of this state intervention, an opinion was formed, which is not shared by everyone, that external control, if implemented in the form of excessive measures, can provoke a disproportionate level of development of advanced technology in different parts of the world. This means that there will be different opportunities in different countries. Such a potential state of affairs will cause the development of artificial intelligence technologies in certain countries to be slower or even limited at the level set by regulators. American experts are concerned about this scenario due to the fact that in some parts of the world, AI will be used as part of dangerous variants of application.
At the same time, the heads of technology companies talk about the need for regulation. An example of this is the position of Sam Altman, confirmed during his speech in Taipei.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he expects that the leadership of American developers in the advanced technology sector will bring long-term benefits to the United States.
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