Wednesday, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee told the CEOs of several artificial intelligence (AI) companies that they should put security first, fight bias, and roll out new technologies in a responsible way.
Mark Warner, a Democrat, raised concerns about the risks that AI technology could bring. Warner sent letters to the CEOs of OpenAI, Scale AI, Meta Platforms, Alphabet’s Google, Apple, Stability AI, Midjourney, Anthropic, Percipient.ai, and Microsoft. He said, “It is also clear that some level of regulation is needed in this field.”
Warner said, “Given that AI is being used more and more in large parts of our economy and that large language models could be steadily added to a wide range of existing systems, from healthcare to finance, I feel it’s important to stress how important it is to put security at the top of your work.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier this month that he had started a project to set rules for AI and address national security and education issues as more people use programs like ChatGPT.
Schumer, a Democrat, said in a statement that he had written and sent out a “framework that outlines a new regulatory regime that would prevent potentially catastrophic damage to our country while making sure the US advances and leads in this transformative technology.”
ChatGPT, an AI program that recently got a lot of attention for being able to quickly write answers to a wide range of questions, has caught the attention of US politicians in particular. With more than 100 million monthly active users, it is the consumer app that has grown the fastest in history.
OpenAI, the company that made ChatGPT, is a big investment for Microsoft. Both the software company and Google have been putting billions of dollars into artificial intelligence (AI) to get ahead in Silicon Valley, where competition is getting tougher.