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As technology evolves, concerns over cybersecurity threats have become increasingly prevalent. In light of this, a group of leading artificial intelligence (AI) technology companies, including Microsoft and Alphabet’s Google, have been urged to prioritize security measures when developing new technology.
Democratic Senator Mark Warner urged the CEOs of several artificial intelligence (AI) companies to prioritize security measures, combat bias, and responsibly roll out new technologies.
Warner, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, raised concerns about AI technology’s potential risks. He sent letters to the CEOs of OpenAI, Scale AI, Meta Platforms, Alphabet’s Google, Apple, Stability AI, Midjourney, Anthropic, Percipient.ai, and Microsoft, stating that “Beyond industry commitments, however, it is also clear that some level of regulation is necessary for this field.”
“With the increasing use of AI across large swaths of our economy, and the possibility for large language models to be steadily integrated into a range of existing systems, from healthcare to finance sectors, I see an urgent need to underscore the importance of putting security at the forefront of your work,” Warner said.
Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that he initiated a campaign to create regulations for AI and tackle issues related to national security and education due to the increasing usage of systems such as ChatGPT.
In a statement, Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer revealed that he had developed and shared a “framework” that lays out a new regulatory system to prevent potentially catastrophic damage to the United States while ensuring that the country advances and leads in the field of transformative technology.
This move comes in response to the growing use of AI programs like ChatGPT, which has garnered attention from US lawmakers due to its ability to generate answers to a wide variety of questions quickly. ChatGPT has become the fastest-growing consumer application, with over 100 million monthly active users.
OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, has received significant investment from Microsoft, with Microsoft and Google investing billions of dollars into AI to gain a competitive advantage in Silicon Valley.
AI is increasingly used in various applications, from healthcare and finance to transportation and logistics. However, with this, increased use comes an increased risk of cyberattacks and other security threats.
Microsoft has committed to implementing security measures and has called on other companies to do the same. Similarly, Alphabet’s Google has also pledged to improve its cybersecurity practices.
The call for increased cybersecurity measures highlights the need for tech companies to take responsibility for the potential risks associated with their products. As AI technology continues to evolve and become more widely used, companies must prioritize security to ensure their users’ safety and the integrity of their systems.