ChatGPT, an automated chatbot, launched in November. Since then, the controversial artificial intelligence system has become known for generating long-winded text. It has spawned a flurry of copycats trained on vast sums of data, and it’s also contributed to concerns about data privacy.
And Vice President Kamala Harris has been put in charge of looking after the artificial intelligence system’s growth… to the peril of mankind.
Harris met on Thursday with the heads of Google, Microsoft and two other companies developing artificial intelligence in order to ensure the technology can help people — not hurt Americans.;
Perhaps the AI can help her write speeches that makes sense.
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In March, Harris told CBS host Stephen Colbert, “The concerns are based on what we should all be concerned about but the solutions have to be and include what we are doing in terms of going forward, in terms of investments.”
One observer replied, “I need proof that Kamala Harris isn’t a AI chatbot.” He was apparently referring to the long-winded qualities of computer-generated text.
Some Americans have used chatbots to imitate the vice president. One pundit at the Washington Examiner asked the bot to write an op-ed in the style of Harris.
Meanwhile, other Americans are using chatbots just to decode the vice president’s formidable word salads.
On Thursday, Harris announced, “Some of our younger small business owners actually self-identify as entrepreneurs. They’re small business owners also.”
One Twitter user summed ChatGPT’s sister service to put the message into plain English.
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Take a look —
Kamala Harris said that some young people are small business owners and they think of themselves as entrepreneurs.
— Bob Is Here To Explain (@ExplainThisBob) May 4, 2023
Harris said in a statement after the closed-door meeting that she told the executives that “the private sector has an ethical, moral, and legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of their products.”
The meeting was pitched as a way for Harris and administration officials to discuss the risks in current AI development with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the heads of two influential startups: Google-backed Anthropic and Microsoft-backed OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT.
Some of the companies, including OpenAI, have been secretive about the data their AI systems have been trained upon.
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Amid Thursday’s meeting, the Biden administration has announced an investment of $140 million to establish seven new AI research institutes.
In addition, the White House Office of Management and Budget is expected to issue guidance in the next few months on how federal agencies can use AI tools. There is also an independent commitment by top AI developers to participate in a public evaluation of their systems in August at the Las Vegas hacker convention DEF CON.
Along with Google, Microsoft, OpenAI and Anthropic, companies that the White House says have agreed to participate include Hugging Face, chipmaker Nvidia and Stability AI, known for its image-generator Stable Diffusion.
The Horn editorial team and the Associated Press contributed to this article.