WASHINGTON DC – Lawmakers in Congress expressed more concerns about artificial intelligence after OpenAI CEO Sam Altman told a Senate subcommittee that he saw problems the technology could create.
“The overall risk is to let China win the AI race, because obviously, China will use the technology to further their global ambitions and export their model of total techno control -totalitarian, which is nightmarish and would make Orwell blush,” Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher said. “The other risk is that we can’t maintain control of the technology, somehow it will escape our control.”
Altman testified before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday and said he was most concerned that AI could be used to create “one-on-one interactive disinformation” and that it would have a “significant impact on jobs.” In March, Altman told ABC News that he had concerns about “authoritarian governments developing” AI.
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“When you have people like him, you have people like Elon Musk who come up and say, ‘this is dangerous territory, we have to stop,’ we really have to go back and think about what we’re really doing for the future of the people,” said Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna.
Rep. Kat Cammack said she was concerned about the political bias of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which she discussed with Altman at Monday’s AI briefing. He told Fox News that the tech chief said the chatbot was unbiased and “50% Republican and 50% Democrat.”
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“When I asked [ChatGPT] to write a poem about Donald Trump, it replied that it could not because Donald Trump is a controversial political figure,” Cammack told Fox News. “I then asked it to write a poem about Nancy Pelosi and this gives me four stanzas of glowing commentary. .”
Altman, according to the Florida Republican, called the issue “embarrassing” and about the response.
The CEO also said during the subcommittee hearing that he hopes Congress finds a way to effectively regulate AI.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman agreed, saying Congress should make sure Guardrails are in place for the technology and that the federal government should consider developing its own AI.
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“The federal government should have a role, I think, in making AI a help to the American people,” the New York Democrat told Fox News. “We need to see agencies bringing AI under the umbrella as well. “
But some lawmakers believe that regulating the technology could threaten America’s AI dominance and that other options should be considered.
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“At the very least, we need to make sure that American investors, ie Sequoia and others, are not allowed to plow money into Chinese AI companies like Baidu or broader technology companies like Tencent,” said Gallagher. “We are fueling our own destruction.”
Luna, a fellow Republican, said that “even if we put regulations in place here in the United States, there are other countries that are still doing it.”
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Isabelle McDonnell contributed to this video.