OpenAI chief goes before US Congress to propose licenses for building AI

OpenAI, the startup behind ChatGPT, wants the U.S. to consider mandating licenses for companies to develop powerful artificial intelligence.

  • CEO Sam Altman wrote about the importance of holding companies to safety standards, such as pre-release system testing and result publication.
  • The move aims to regulate AI development, ensuring the technology doesn’t exacerbate societal harms, spread misinformation, or pose an existential risk to humanity.

Some technology experts have expressed concerns that licensing could disadvantage smaller players or become irrelevant if AI evolves too quickly.

  • On the flip side: Others believe that the licenses could help focus oversight and protect against abuses.

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