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    ChatGPT parent OpenAI to offer $20,000 to individuals to report bugs

    OpenAI’S ChatGPT has taken the world by storm since its launch in November, but concerns around data privacy have also emerged.

    OpenAI, an American artificial intelligence company and parent company of widely popular chatbot ChatGPT, announced on Tuesday to pay users a maximum reward of up to $20,000 for reporting bugs in its systems. The OpenAI bug bounty program has been listed on Bugcrowd, a crowdsourced security platform and the company announced to offer $200-$6500 per vulnerability.

    “This initiative is essential to our commitment to develop safe and advanced AI,” OpenAI said in a blog. The company has invited the global community of security researchers, ethical hackers, and technology enthusiasts to review and report vulnerabilities, bugs, or security flaws they discover in the company’s systems.

    For the same, OpenAI has partnered with Bugcrowd, a platform that enables businesses to crowdsource their cybersecurity testing and vulnerability identification processes. Bugcrowd allows researchers to submit reports on security issues and bugs they discover in a company’s software, website, or mobile application. The platform’s public programs allow anyone to participate and submit reports, while private programs are only based on invitation and accessible to a select group of researchers. Companies have the option to customize the scope, rewards, and rules for their programs to fit their specific needs and budgets.

    Last month, some users complained of a bug on the ChatGPT that let users see the chat titles of other users. Although the company later announced it has fixed the bug, the problem cost the company in a manner that its AI chatbot got temporarily banned from Italy last month. The Italian authorities further said that the OpenAI chatbot lacks a sound legal framework for gathering personal information from users, which the system uses to train its algorithms.

    This prompted several authorities across the globe to investigate the impact and potential damage that such AI platforms could cause. The French Data Protection Agency – Commission Nationale Informatique & Libertés or CNIL is investigating complaints about OpenAI’s platform. The United States is also reportedly beginning to study the rules to regulate AI platforms like ChatGPT.

    ChatGPT has taken the world by storm since its launch in November and intensified the AI race with several big players like Google and Baidu gearing up to emulate the success of OpenAI chatbot. Short for Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer, ChatGPT is a popular AI text generator and has been a center of attention for many due to its human-like response. OpenAI, the parent of the AI-based text generator, has a “multimillion-dollar investment” by American tech major Microsoft.

    After integrating the technology used by OpenAI’s chatbot, Microsoft has revamped its search engine Bing to provide more tailored, detailed, and contextual responses to queries. The Satya Nadela-led company introduced its overhauled product – Bing – just a day after rival Google announced  Bard in February, the company’s experimental conversational artificial intelligence chatbot service similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

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    Monika Asthana

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