OpenAI CEO addresses FTC investigation into ChatGPT, emphasizing cooperation, safety measures, and potential impact on industry regulation.
- OpenAI CEO Sam Altman addresses FTC investigation into ChatGPT, expresses disappointment with leaked information.
- FTC demands records from OpenAI on security incident and AI model handling.
- OpenAI emphasizes rigorous safety measures and user privacy protection.
- FTC’s investigation highlights growing interest in regulating AI tools, outcome to impact future of ChatGPT and industry regulation.
The CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, has publicly addressed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) investigation into the company’s AI chatbot, ChatGPT. The investigation was initiated to determine whether OpenAI had violated consumer protection laws and put user data at risk.
it is very disappointing to see the FTC’s request start with a leak and does not help build trust.
that said, it’s super important to us that out technology is safe and pro-consumer, and we are confident we follow the law. of course we will work with the FTC.
— Sam Altman (@sama) July 13, 2023
Disappointment and Cooperation
In a series of tweets, Sam expressed his disappointment with the FTC’s approach, particularly the leak of information, which he believes damages trust. However, he reassured the public of OpenAI’s commitment to cooperate with the FTC and ensure the safety, pro-consumer nature, and compliance of their technology with the law.
The FTC’s investigation includes a review of a security incident that OpenAI disclosed in March 2023. A system bug had allowed some users to access other users’ payment-related information and chat history. As part of the investigation, the FTC has issued a 20-page demand for records, seeking more information on how OpenAI handles potential issues related to their AI models.
Rigorous Safety Measures and User Privacy
Sam highlighted OpenAI’s rigorous safety measures in developing their latest AI model, GPT-4. He emphasized that the company spent six months enhancing its safety and alignment before releasing it. The CEO also assured users of OpenAI’s prioritization of user privacy, designing systems to learn about the world rather than individuals’ private information.
The CEO further emphasized OpenAI’s commitment to transparency, especially regarding the limitations of their technology. He pointed out that their capped-profits structure ensures they are not driven by unlimited returns, further ensuring their dedication to responsible AI development.
The FTC’s investigation was initiated following a request from the Center for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP) in March 2023. The CAIDP expressed concerns about the bias, deception, and risk to public safety associated with AI text generation tools. This investigation signifies the FTC’s growing interest in regulating AI tools and marks a significant escalation in their efforts.
The outcome of the investigation, and OpenAI’s response to the FTC’s demands for information, will determine the future of ChatGPT and influence the regulation of AI tools in the industry.