AI Group Wants OpenAI GPT-4 Releases Halted

AI Group Wants OpenAI GPT-4 Releases Halted

OpenAI is having too much fun with generative artificial intelligence, apparently.

First, a group of tech and business leaders on Tuesday, March 28, encouraged everyone to shut down AI innovation more powerful than OpenAI’s GPT-4 model.

And today, something directly targeted at OpenAI itself: The Center for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP), a nonprofit, research organization in Washington, DC, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charging that OpenAI’s recently launched GPT-4 product violates federal consumer protection law. The complaint calls OpenAI’s GPT-4 model biased, deceptive and a risk to privacy and public safety. 

And the CAIDP wants the FTC to investigate OpenAI and shut down GPT-4 product development.

That’s just this week. What’s next?

Was it too good to be true? Was the revolutionary, fastest-growing-ever chatbot doomed since it debuted Nov. 30 and upended the creative psyche of marketers and customer experience professionals yearning for better and more efficient content, campaigns and customer data management?

Maybe so.

Not So Fast: Nothing’s Stopping OpenAI and GPT-4

For starters, though, here’s the facts. Nothing is stopping OpenAI — or any other AI development — for now. The news on the Future of Life Institute letter calling for the halt of giant AI experiments is just that: a letter, no matter which cool tech people and business bigwigs have signed it.

And today’s news from the CAIDP is just a request of the FTC, albeit a provocative one. It has asked the FTC to open an investigation and then to suspend the further deployment of GPT commercial products until the company complies with FTC guidance for AI products.

“The FTC has a clear responsibility to investigate and prohibit unfair and deceptive trade practices. We believe that the FTC should look closely at OpenAI and GPT-4,” Marc Rotenberg, president and general counsel of the CAIDP, said in a press release. “We are specifically asking the FTC to determine whether the company has complied with the guidance the federal agency has issued.”

Make no mistakes about it: OpenAI has poked a lot of bears here. Government and private bears.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Copyright Office launched a new initiative that examines content generated by AI in “direct response to the recent striking advances in generative AI technologies and their rapidly growing use by individuals and businesses.” No mention of OpenAI, but we all know.

Late in February, the FTC sent marketers and advertisers a clear message about what they say about artificial intelligence and their products with some stern guidance. And this month, the FTC put out statements on chatbots, deep fakes and voice clones.

The message? All eyes are on AI, particularly the company OpenAI that won over Microsoft. The government is certainly taking notice; in fact, it’s even writing legislation created by ChatGPT.

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CAIDP: OpenAI Is Not Transparent, Fair or Empirically Sound

The CAIDP is not impressed, though. It essentially says OpenAI needs to better follow FTC business practices. The FTC has said that AI companies should “ensure that data and models are empirically sound,” CAIDP officials noted.

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