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OpenAI chief says might consider leaving Europe if could not comply with regulations

OpenAI chief says might consider leaving Europe if could not comply with regulations
Once the EU finalizes the bill, OpenAI will try to comply with the European rules before pulling out.


ChatGPT’s parent company OpenAI might consider leaving Europe if it could not comply with the European Union’s upcoming regulations on artificial intelligence, Reuters reported quoting the company’s chief executive officer Sam Altman. The comments follow the EU’s proposal last month for new copyright rules for generative AI tools like ChatGPT.


However, before pulling out, OpenAI will try to comply with the European rules once they are in motion, Altman said at an event in London. The current draft of the EU AI Act suggests that it could be “over-regulating” and possibly going to get pulled back, the media report quoting Altman noted.


The OpenAI chief further suggested that a lot of things in the draft could be changed such as changing the definition of General Purpose AI Systems, or GPAIS, which is a category proposed by the EU lawmakers to account for AI tools with more than one application, Reuters reported. These include generative AI models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT.


Meanwhile, GPAIS refers to AI systems that possess the ability to understand, learn, and perform a wide range of intellectual tasks that are typically associated with human intelligence. These systems are designed to exhibit human-like cognitive abilities across various domains and tasks. Some AI models like GPT-3 demonstrate impressive capabilities in language processing and generation, but they still lack the complete range of cognitive abilities found in humans.


European lawmakers are still debating if all forms of GPAIS would be considered high-risk. The lawmakers are taking a risk-based approach to regulate AI technologies and bifurcated the AI tools as per their level of risk, ranging from minimal to limited, high, and unacceptable. The proposal notes that the high-risk tools will not be banned but the developers and the users of such systems will need to be highly transparent in their operations and follow several pre-and post-market requirements.


Meanwhile, earlier this month, the EU lawmakers reached common ground on the draft of the act. The remaining aspects of the bill will now be debated in the Parliament before reaching a consensus on its final details.


The proposal, in the meantime, is seen to pave the 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 ChatGPT, short for Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer, has been the center of attention due to its human-like response.


Several big players like Google and Baidu gearing up to emulate the success of the OpenAI chatbot. 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.


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