US President Joe Biden joked and expressed concern about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) during a meeting with tech leaders. In his unscripted remarks, Biden declared himself as AI, saying, “I am the AI.” He added humorously that if anyone believed he was Abe Lincoln, the blame should be placed on AI. The president then warned about the potential threats posed by unregulated development of technologies like ChatGPT to the US democracy and values.
Following the meeting, the White House announced that an agreement had been reached with tech developers to address the risks associated with AI. The agreement includes measures such as independent security testing and the introduction of watermarks to indicate artificially created online content.
Biden’s remarks come at a time when concerns about the unchecked growth of AI are on the rise. These concerns include the potential impact on employment sectors, as well as the spread of misinformation and disinformation online, especially during the upcoming 2024 US presidential election.
The development of AI has raised questions about its implications for society. Critics argue that the US government’s attempts to manage AI development may face similar backlash as measures imposed to control disinformation on social media. They point to accusations of partisan bias in moderation policies on social networks, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other language models like Google Bard have revolutionized online content creation since their public release in November 2022. However, these advancements have also fueled concerns about the long-term effects of AI on society. Elon Musk, a prominent figure in the tech industry, has expressed existential concerns about AI’s implications.
On the other hand, industry leaders like Meta’s president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, argue that some of the doomsday scenarios presented by skeptics are unfounded. Clegg believes that the hype around AI has surpassed the actual technological capabilities, stating that “they’re quite stupid” in many ways.
President Biden emphasized that companies have agreed to explore ways AI can help tackle society’s greatest challenges. He highlighted the enormous opportunities presented by AI while also expressing the need for a common international framework to govern AI development, in collaboration with US allies and partners.
In conclusion, President Biden’s remarks about AI reflect the growing concerns surrounding its development. While acknowledging AI’s potential benefits, there is a call for safeguards and regulations to prevent its misuse and protect democratic values. Industry leaders hold varying perspectives on the future implications of AI, but the agreement reached with tech developers signals a commitment to managing the risks associated with this rapidly advancing technology.