An Italian senator spoke to members of the Italian Parliament with a speech — unknown to the parliamentarians — made up entirely of artificial intelligence (AI).
At the parliamentary meeting on May 31, Italian Senator Marco Lombardo did the trick to spark a “serious debate” among his colleagues about what is at stake and what is expected from the use of AI, according to a local press report.
Can the artificial intelligence improve our daily life, but how can we guarantee that we don’t believe new dissuading and divisions in society?
—Azione (@Azione_it) May 31, 2023
Lombardo’s speech would have been created using the OpenAI chatbot GPT-4. In the same interview with local media, revealed that he trained the chatbot on the Italian-Swiss cross-border worker agreement bill, which was the subject of the meeting, along with other recent developments on the subject.
“It seemed important to me that the Italian parliament also opened its eyes to a phenomenon that is now inevitable.”
Carlo Calenda, leader of the Italian political party Azione, to which Lombardo belongs, tweeted that the speech was “impeccable.” However, he did not know whether to call this advance “progress” or “taking a step back.”
Ho letto il testo. Impeccable. Non mi è ancora chiaro se siamo davanti ad un progresso o ad un regresso. È un cosa su cui riflettere molto anche alla luce dell’appello di ieri degli scienziati americani. Bravo @mlombardo81 I will solve the question in a concrete way. https://t.co/Toasran5Hs
—Carlo Calenda (@CarloCalenda) May 31, 2023
Lombardo told local journalists that he wanted to show politicians that their jobs could also be “threatened” by AI.
“Not even politics can think of exempting itself from a comparison with algorithms. You need to know how to use it consciously.”
On May 18, the Italian authorities reserved USD 33 million to improve the development of digital skills of workers at risk of dismissal due to automation and AI in various professional sectors.
Back in March, Italy banned the use of ChatGPT in the country after the app suffered a data breach. After demanding more transparency from OpenAI, the application was able to re-enter the country approximately a month lateron April 29.
However, Italy’s ban prompted other governments around the world to study the technology and begin to consider regulating it. Although some governments, like that of Romania, have already started to apply AI to make policy recommendations.
Currently, European Union regulators are working on drafts for the next EU AI Law, which will come into force in the next two to three years to regulate public use of generative AI tools.
Recently, the EU’s chief technology officer said regulators should push for a voluntary code of conduct for AI companies, so as not to waste time before laws take effect.
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