AI and US elections – level 3
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman expressed concern about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to interfere with US elections and called for regulation.
He acknowledged the need for rules and guidelines to avoid the exacerbation of societal harms, such as misinformation and prejudice, and to prevent the technology from potentially harming humanity. The risks associated with misinformation as the 2024 election nears were also highlighted by Senator Mazie Hirono. Altman suggested the US should consider licensing and testing requirements for the development of AI models, particularly those that can persuade or manipulate a person’s beliefs, and encouraged global cooperation on AI and incentives for safety compliance.
Furthermore, Christina Montgomery, the chief privacy and trust officer at IBM, urged Congress to focus regulation on areas with the potential to do the greatest societal harm.
Difficult words: exacerbation (making something worse), incentive (a thing that motivates and encourages someone to do something), compliance (obeying a law or rule).
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