AI “Could Be” Dangerous – Joe Biden

K. C. Sabreena Basheer 10 Apr, 2023 • 3 min read

U.S. President, Joe Biden, has expressed concerns about the potential dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) during a recent meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He compared the potential uses and risks of AI development and stated it could be dangerous. He also cautioned AI development firms to ensure the safety of AI bots, tools, and platforms before their deployment. These comments have added a global impact on the growing debate on AI regulation and recent cybersecurity issues.

President Joe Biden says AI development could be dangerous.

Joe Biden Says AI Could Be Dangerous

In the meeting, President Biden acknowledged the significant benefits of AI, such as tackling global challenges like disease and climate change. However, he also stressed the importance of addressing its potential risks to society, the economy, and national security. His words implicated that we must be careful with the rapid development of this technology and ensure our safety before going forward.

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The Responsibility of Tech Companies

In his address, President Biden also explained the crucial role of tech companies in developing and deploying AI. Emphasizing the need for technology companies to ensure the safety of their products, he said, “Tech companies have a responsibility, in my view, to make sure their products are safe before making them public.” His comments come at a time when global leaders are keen on analyzing the implications of AI, and tech leaders are seeking to find a balance between the benefits and potential risks associated with the technology.

A Pause on AI Development?

Biden’s remarks echo those of industry experts and the governments of other countries. Recently,  influential tech leaders like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Tesla founder Elon Musk have expressed their concerns about the safety of AI. They recently published an open letter calling for a pause on AI development, stating its potential risks to society and humanity.

Elon Musk writes open letter to pause AI development stating potential risks

Also Read: Elon Musk’s Urgent Warning, Demands Pause on AI Research

Italy Bans ChatGPT

One of the most powerful AI platforms to date, GPT-4, developed by California-based OpenAI, has already demonstrated “human-level performance” in various areas. This includes scoring in the top 10 percent of applicants on the bar exam, showcasing the remarkable capabilities of this AI system. Despite the impressive capabilities of AI, concerns about data privacy and security have led to Italy becoming the first Western country to ban ChatGPT.

The decision came after the nation’s data protection watchdog stated that there was “no legal basis” for the mass collection of data by the platform. Before Italy, China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and some other countries had banned ChatGPT within their borders due to various concerns.

Countries that have banned ChatGPT for security reasons

Also Read: Europe Considers AI Chatbot Bans Following Italy’s Block of ChatGPT

Data Security Compromised

Recent news of compromised payment data related to ChatGPT has further fueled the debate surrounding AI and its potential risks. As the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, the need to protect sensitive information and ensure data security has never been more critical. Developers, governments, and regulatory authorities must work hand-in-hand to make this possible through strict laws and regular audits.

Our Say

As artificial intelligence continues to make waves across the globe, the concerns raised by President Biden and tech leaders signal a turning point in the conversation around its regulation and development. With the recent ban in Italy and growing concerns about data security, the push for greater accountability and safety measures has become a focal point in the AI debate. We will have to wait to find out if other countries will follow Italy’s lead and impose their own restrictions on AI, to ensure a safer technological environment. Meanwhile, as Joe Biden said, we must proceed cautiously to ensure AI development does not turn out to be dangerous for mankind.

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