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OpenAI could ‘cease operating’ in Europe over AI laws: Sam Altman

OpenAI boss Sam Altman said that his artificial intelligence-powered company could “cease operating” in the European Union if it’s unable to comply with the EU’s AI laws.

“We will try to comply, but if we can’t comply we will cease operating,” he said.

The 38-year-old tech whiz also reportedly cited “technical limits to what’s possible” in abiding by the EU’s rules. “Either we’ll be able to solve those requirements or not,” Altman said.

During an on-stage interview earlier in the day, Altman said the law was “not inherently flawed,” but “the subtle details really matter,” the outlet reported.

The EU AI Act was originally designed to regulate high-risk uses of AI — for example, when it’s used to sort through job applicants or in medical equipment.

The AI Act is the first legislation of its kind addressing artificial intelligence, and is on brand for the EU, which has sought to police AI for the better part of two years, since released the first iteration of the act in April 2021.

The widespread adoption of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and GPT-4 language models has pushed European lawmakers to expand the act’s regulations to oversee more general uses of AI.

For chatbots, the act requires proof disclosing that the chatbot is, in fact, AI rather than a human. Such a rule does not exist in the US.

And with the proposed expanded legislation, nearly all facial recognition technologies in surveillance would be banned, and generative AI would be subject to strict regulation, including quality standards and risk management systems that also involve the transfer of data to third parties.

Altman said that his preferred regulations are “something between the traditional European approach and the traditional US approach,” according to Time.

“If this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong and we want to be vocal about that,” Altman said at a hearing of the Senate subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law. “We want to work with the government to prevent that from happening.”

Meanwhile, ChatGPT launched in Apple’s App Store last week for iPhones and iPads.

The app is already ranked No. 1 among the store’s free “Productivity” apps over the Gmail, Microsoft Outlook and Google Drive applications.

And it’s ranked No. 3 in the App Store’s overall top chart of most-downloaded apps, ahead of TikTok Instagram and WhatsApp.

Category: Technology

Source: NYPost Technology

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