European Union (EU) consumer protection groups have urged regulators to investigate the artificial intelligence (AI) models behind popular chatbots.
According to an AP report released Tuesday, 13 watchdogs alerted their national consumer protection, data protection, competition and product safety authorities of their concerns about generative AI.
The groups said regulators should investigate the AI behind systems like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, in order to assess risks and vulnerabilities to consumers before the introduction of EU AI regulation.
In addition to local EU officials, the coalition wrote to US President Joe Biden with similar concerns about potential harm to consumers from generative AI.
His call to action urged leaders to use existing legislation, as well as enact new laws to address AI issues.. They cited a report from the Norwegian Consumer Council highlighting the dangers of AI chatbots, including misinformation, data harvesting, and manipulation.
These warnings come shortly after EU regulators passed their monumental AI Law on June 14. The law was approved in Parliament with 499 votes in favor, 28 against and 93 abstentions.
The laws are expected to enter into force in the next two to three years, following individual negotiations with EU member states on the details of the law. They will constitute a complete set of rules for the development and deployment of AI in the EU.
AI regulations are also being studied in the US. Two new bipartisan bills addressing issues of transparency and innovation in the sector were proposed on June 9.
UK regulators have called for AI regulations to be brought on the same level as medicine and nuclear power.
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