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EU proposes new copyright rules for generative AI tools like ChatGPT

EU proposes new copyright rules for generative AI tools like ChatGPT
The EU authorities highlighted biometric surveillance, spreading misinformation, or discriminatory language as some areas of concern.

 

The European Union has proposed that companies deploying generative AI tools like ChatGPT must disclose copyrighted materials that they use to develop their system, according to a Reuters report. The European Parliament members have agreed to take the draft to the next stage where EU lawmakers and member states will thrash out the final details of the bill, the report added.

 

Generative AI is a type of AI system that can generate text, images, or other media in response to prompts and the companies deploying such tools will have to disclose any copyrighted material they use to develop their systems. Additionally, the authorities bifurcated the AI tools as per their level of risk, ranging from minimal to limited, high, and unacceptable.

 

However, the proposal notes that the high-risk tools will not be banned but those using them will need to be highly transparent in their operations, the media report added. The EU authorities further highlighted biometric surveillance, spreading misinformation, or discriminatory language as some areas of concern.

 

Meanwhile, the proposal is seen to pave a way for the world’s first comprehensive laws governing the AI technology that has taken the world by storm since the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in November last year. The Microsoft-backed popular AI chatbot has been the center of attention due to its human-like response.

 

From poetry to generating codes to sentiment analysis, ChatGPT can do it all. However, training data and knowledge cutoff of OpenAI’s chatbot is limited until 2021. Meaning, responses and knowledge of ChatGPT, which is short for Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer, are based on the information available up until that point.

 

However, fake news, plagiarism, biasedness, manipulation, and privacy are some concerns that have led several other authorities across the globe to study and investigate the impact and potential risks that such AI platforms could pose. Last month, Italy temporarily banned ChatGPT due to privacy concerns. Spain and France also joined the growing list of countries that are investigating these AI platforms. Earlier this week, a European consumer protection organization BEUC urged the EU consumer protection authorities to investigate AI technologies like ChatGPT and their potential harm.

 

Elsewhere, leaders of the Group of Seven, or G7, nations will also reportedly discuss AI systems like ChatGPT at the G7 Summit, which is scheduled for May 19-21 in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima. Earlier this month, Tesla chief Elon Musk along with a group of AI experts called all AI labs to immediately pause the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months. However, it was later reported that Musk is planning to launch a new artificial intelligence company – X.AI, a rival of ChatGPT parent OpenAI.

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