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ChatGPT CEO Heads To Congress In Race To Regulate AI

 |  May 15, 2023

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, will appear in Congress for the first time during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing about AI oversight. Lawmakers aim to gain a better understanding of the potential risks associated with generative AI and potential solutions to minimize those risks, reported The Hill. 

“AI is one of the most important issues of our times, with enormous potential both positive and negative, and it is crucial that we get it right,” Gary Marcus, professor emeritus at New York University, said in an email.

Marcus is scheduled to participate in a panel alongside Altman and Christina Montgomery, who holds the position of vice president and chief privacy and trust officer at IBM.

Marcus said he will discuss the urgency of the situation and “the tremendous need for having independent scientists at the table” in order to “distinguish between hype and reality and to identify and mitigate a broad arrays of newly-developing risks.”

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Altman, the CEO of ChatGPT, will make his debut appearance in Congress on Tuesday. Prior to this, he has had private meetings with important legislators since the launch and increasing popularity of the platform in November.

According to NBC News, Altman is expected to participate in a dinner event hosted by both House Democrats and Republicans, cohosted by Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and GOP Conference Vice Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.). This comes after his testimony.

 Data from Similarweb shows that ChatGPT received 266 million visits in its first month of being open to the public in December. Since then, the usage of ChatGPT has significantly increased, with 1.76 billion visits in April alone.

Microsoft has made significant investments in OpenAI and integrated ChatGPT tools into Bing, positioning itself as a key player in the development of artificial intelligence.