Opponents call him Sleepy Joe, accusing him of being too old to lead the United States. So much so that a few days ago Joe Biden blurted out, “Call me old, I call it being experienced. You say I’m ancient, I say I’m wise.” But apparently, despite his age, the U.S. president, is keeping a close eye on developments in a topic so modern that it still seems like science fiction.
Namely that of artificial intelligence, an issue that exploded after we all had a chance to sample ChatGPTs capabilities.
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ChatGPT’s Summit at the White house: who was there
Hence the sudden summit at the White House. Where, the CEOs of Google, Microsoft and especially OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, were summoned.
Obviously to talk about the artificial intelligences that the star-studded Tech Bigs have in the pipeline. With the fear probably that the tight competition between Redmond and Mountain View will push developers to create insidious AIs, first and foremost for the American people.
Big tech has an “ethical, moral and legal duty to ensure security,” the admonition of No. 2 in command Kamala Harris welcoming Microsoft’s Ceo Satya Nadella, Alphabet and Google counterpart Sundar Pichai and Sam Altman, OpenAI’s Ad at the White House.
For that matter, we already know that ChatGpt not only worries the White House but also troubles the Pentagon.
What Biden said about AI
U.S. President Joe Biden said in a memo that companies like those hastily convened at the meeting have a duty to make sure their products are secure before making them available to the public.
“It is imperative to mitigate the current and potential risks that AI poses to individuals, society, and national security,” reads a memo released by the White House. “These include risks to safety, security, human and civil rights, privacy, labor, and democratic values”.
A duty, first and foremost, “moral”. As Vice President Harris reiterated, to protect society from the potential dangers from this technology. “Every company must comply with existing laws to protect the American people,” the U.S. vice president said.
“Artificial intelligence is one of the most powerful technologies today, with the potential to improve people’s lives and address some of society’s greatest challenges. At the same time, AI can dramatically increase threats to safety and security, violate civil rights and privacy.”
The words of Hinton, the godfather fo AI
The words of the godfather of AI, Geoffrey Hinton, who resigned specifically from Google to speak freely about the risks of artificial intelligences, must have weighed like boulders in the conversation.
The British-Canadian cognitive psychologist and computer scientist, believed to be among the most influential personalities on the subject, has already warned that “smart things can outsmart us.”
The risk, in short, is that today ChatGpt enters the White House as a guest, a not-too-distant tomorrow he may arrive there as a tenant. A tenant who never sleeps and does not age.