G7 Calls for ‘Responsible’ Use
In this illustrative photo shot on February 8, 2023, a keyboard can be seen reflected on a computer screen that is showing the website of ChatGPT, an AI chatbot from OpenAI.
The G7 leaders declared on Saturday that the world must immediately analyze the effects of generative AI and that they would begin conversations this year on the “responsible” use of the technology.
In a final communiqué issued during a summit in Hiroshima, Japan, the seven main economies announced the formation of a working group to address issues ranging from copyright to disinformation.
Text creation technologies like ChatGPT, AI-generated images, and music have caused a flurry of legal disputes as creators accuse them of stealing their work without permission.
Governments all across the world are under pressure to act swiftly to reduce the hazards, and this week the CEO of ChatGPT’s OpenAI told American senators that regulation of AI was crucial.
The G7 statement read, “We understand the need to quickly assess the benefits and challenges of generative AI, which is increasingly prevalent across countries and sectors.
“We task relevant ministers to establish the Hiroshima AI process, through a G7 working group, in an inclusive manner… for discussions on generative AI by the end of this year,” the statement read.
new conversations may touch on issues like governance, the protection of intellectual property rights, including copyrights, the promotion of transparency, the reaction to foreign information manipulation, including disinformation, and the responsible use of new technologies.
The OECD group of developed nations and the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) will work together to organize the new working group, according to the statement.
In his testimony on Tuesday before a U.S. Senate committee, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman urged Congress to enact new regulations for the technology industry.
He asserted that eventually, generative AI created by his business would “address some of humanity’s biggest challenges, like combating climate change and curing cancer.”
Nevertheless, “we think that regulatory intervention by governments will be critical to mitigating the risks of increasingly powerful models,” he said.
This month, MPs in the European Parliament also took the first step towards regulating ChatGPT and other AI systems across the EU.
The text will be presented to the entire parliament for adoption next month before talks with EU member states about a final law.
The G7 stated that although communities and economies have benefited from rapid technological progress, international governance of new digital technologies hasn’t always kept up.
“The governance of the digital economy should continue to be updated in line with our shared democratic values,” the group added, referring to immersive metaverses and other developing technologies like artificial intelligence.
These values include, among other things, fairness, respect for privacy, and “protection from online harassment, hate, and abuse,” it stated.