China is set to lay down AI regulations, says Elon Musk

Priya Walia


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Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk disclosed in a recent Twitter Space conversation with American Democrat Robert F Kennedy Jr, that the Chinese government has plans to establish regulations concerning AI.

Musk, who recently visited China, indicated that his conversations with senior Chinese officials were productive. Although he refrained from divulging explicit details, he emphasized the importance of oversight and regulation for the development of AI.

“Something that is worth noting is that on my recent trip to China, with the senior leadership there, we had, I think, some very productive discussions on artificial intelligence risks, and the need for some oversight or regulation,” Musk said.

“And my understanding from those conversations is that China will be initiating AI regulation in China.”

There has been a surge of activity among Chinese corporations eager to create AI-driven services that can replicate human conversation ever since OpenAI, a San Francisco-based company, introduced ChatGPT in November.

However, the swift progress made in this field has aroused concerns worldwide regarding the risk of disinformation and the possibility of unethical use of this technology.

Although Musk did not provide specific details, his remarks regarding his interactions in China are speculated to allude to comprehensive preliminary legislation, which mandates that any newly developed AI products must undergo a security evaluation before deployment and adhere to fundamental core socialist values.

Several prominent figures in the field of AI have authored an open letter warning about the potential for AI to lead to human extinction. Signatories to the letter include Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI. However, recent reports have suggested that the prediction is likely overblown.

Via Reuters