Sam Altman Concerned about AI Used to Compromise, But Why!

The CEO of OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT, testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday that using AI to tamper with election integrity is a “significant area of concern” and that this field requires regulation.

Sam Altman remarked of elections and AI, “I think we also need rules, guidelines, on what’s expected in terms of disclosure from a company providing a model,” adding, “I am nervous about it.”

In his first appearance before Congress, Altman suggested that the United States should consider licensing and testing standards for the creation of AI models.

Altman argued in favor of licensing or registration regulations for AI with particular capabilities in written testimony. In this manner, the United States can hold businesses accountable for upholding safety regulations, such as testing systems ahead of time and disclosing the results.

Companies of all sizes have been vying for market share in the race to introduce increasingly nimble AI, investing billions of dollars and infinite amounts of data. Some detractors worry that the technology would make social ills—like bias and false information—worse, while others express concern that AI may end mankind as we know it.

To discuss AI, the White House gathered leading technology CEOs, including Altman. Additionally, US politicians are pushing for steps to increase the technology’s advantages and national security while preventing abuse. There is no guarantee of consensus.

According to Reuters, an employee of OpenAI recently suggested establishing the Office for AI Safety and Infrastructure Security, or OASIS, as a U.S. licensing body for AI. Microsoft Corporation is a supporter of OpenAI. Additionally, Altman is urging international cooperation in AI and financial incentives for safety compliance.