OpenAI founder is more forgiving in the dispute over regulation
The co-founder of the ChatGPT developer OpenAI, Sam Altman, is more forgiving in the dispute with the European Union (EU) over the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI). “AI should be regulated,” Altman said on Thursday at a discussion event at the Technical University (TU) in Munich. “We have called for it.” And there are also approaches in Europe that are quite good. “But we need more clarity.” One should wait and see how AI develops and only then intervene regulatory. that the AI produces make sense.
With the release of the ChatGPT application, OpenAI triggered a hype about so-called generative AI. She simulates human interaction and can create text, images or videos based on a few keywords.
Before the visit to Munich, the co-founder of OpenAI, a Microsoft holding, made a short detour to Berlin and met Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) there on Thursday. He did not want to comment specifically on the content of the conversation in Munich: “We talked about a lot of things that are important for Germany.” The Federal Chancellery confirmed the meeting.
In London on Wednesday, Altman threatened to withdraw from Europe. The Commission’s current draft for an AI regulation represents “over-regulation”. However, he has heard that it should be withdrawn. This provoked violent reactions in Brussels. The EU rules on AI are non-negotiable, EU Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton told Reuters news agency. “Our rules are there for the safety and well-being of our citizens, and that is not a matter for negotiation.” The EU is way ahead with its regulatory framework, said Breton. It deals with the risks, but also enables innovation.
According to the ideas of the EU, companies that develop so-called generative AI such as ChatGPT should have to disclose the copyrighted material used. In addition, the EU wants to persuade companies to make a voluntary commitment.
In Munich, around 1,000 students received Altman with applause and cheers. The OpenAI founder spoke out against a pause in the further development of AI proposed by experts: “I don’t think that’s the best approach.” In an open letter in March, researchers, scientists and tech experts had a moratorium on AI required. Security standards would have to prevent possible damage from the riskiest AI technologies. More than 1,000 people signed it – including Elon Musk. Altman doubts that a reprieve would help: “Six months? A year, two years? And what do we do then?”