WASHINGTON, DC – Calls are growing on Capitol Hill to regulate artificial intelligence after a dire warning from tech giants. But many lawmakers also admit they don’t know much more about the technology than the average American.
“I was shown ChatGPT by a friend and its capabilities are kind of intimidating,” Sen. Cynthia Lummis told Fox News. “They are impressive, but the potential for mischief and abuse is high.”
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Technology industry leaders, including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, have signed an open letter urging AI developers to suspend training systems that are more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months.
“Contemporary AI systems are now becoming competitive with humans in general tasks,” the letter warns, posing many risks to society. It calls on AI labs to work together to develop security protocols for advanced AI design.
If companies don’t willingly take a break, the letter said the government should “intervene and introduce a moratorium.”
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Sen. Lindsey Graham said he was “not very” familiar with the platforms but was “amazed” by what he was seeing.
“This is an area of life that needs some guidance and governmental oversight,” said the South Carolina Republican.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said after a hearing at the Cybersecurity Subcommittee that she was “very familiar” with ChatGPT.
“Chat is very dangerous,” said the Georgia Republican. “It has a waking tendency. When we asked Chat GPT questions, the responses varied widely given the topic. It definitely tilted to the left, and I think that’s very concerning.”
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Rep. Dan Meuser, who describes him as “familiar with [AI platforms] like most people,” had a sunnier outlook.
“It’s incredibly interesting,” said the Pennsylvania Republican. “It’s innovation, it’s technology, it’s progress. We have to get involved.”
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