CEO of OpenAI warns: ‘It can go quite wrong’ | USA TODAY

OpenAI CEO Samuel Altman issues stark warning of danger of artificial intelligence.

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In his first appearance before Congress, Sam Altman, the CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, said his worst fear is that artificial intelligence technologies could cause “significant harm to the world.”

“If this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong,” he testified in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee panel.

Altman also said government regulation of AI is critical “to mitigate the risks of increasingly powerful models.”

Fears about artificial intelligence and the push for tighter controls appeared to be bipartisan.

The Biden administration has convened officials from the top companies including OpenAI, Microsoft and Google and launched an initiative to audit AI technologies.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., called for a new government agency to license businesses building AI, saying it would give AI companies incentives to “do it right.”

The new wave of AI tools has dazzled Americans, promising a bevy of benefits. They can carry on human-like conversations, write essays, compose music and create audio, video and images. But these tools also have worrying implications for the future of work and education as well as the future of humanity.

Americans are alarmed, too. A new survey from ADL found that Americans worry that AI will be used to worsen social ills, from fraud and identity theft to extremism and hate.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says AI is moving fast but in the right direction.

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