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ChatGPT Creator Warns of Potential Departure from EU Due to Proposed AI Law

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has voiced concerns over the upcoming EU artificial intelligence legislation, stating that if AI Act is "over-regulating", OpenAI might cease its operations in the EU.

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, the developer behind ChatGPT and DALL-E, has recently expressed concerns about the upcoming artificial intelligence legislation being prepared by the European Union and stated that if the bloc "overregulated", OpenAI might discontinue its operations within the EU.

The proposed legislation by the European Union aims to become the pioneering framework for regulating artificial intelligence (AI) on a comprehensive scale. Notably, it might introduce a requirement for generative AI companies to disclose the content utilized in training their systems for generating text and images.

"The current draft of the EU AI Act would be over-regulating," OpenAI's Sam Altman said, as reported by Reuters. "But we have heard it's going to get pulled back."

Proposed in 2021, the EU's AI Act aims to categorize AI into three risk levels. Within this framework, certain types of AI, such as social scoring systems, manipulative social engineering AI, or any AI that infringes upon fundamental rights, would be deemed as posing an "unacceptable risk."

Additionally, some AI applications will be classified as "high-risk AI systems" and would be subject to varying compliance requirements depending on their intended usage and would need to adhere to certain standards for transparency and oversight.

Altman stated that the current draft of the proposed law suggests that both ChatGPT and the large language model GPT-4 could potentially be classified as "high-risk AI systems" and expressed his concerns that certain safety and transparency requirements outlined in the AI Act would be technically unfeasible for his company to comply with.

"If we can comply, we will, and if we can’t, we’ll cease operating…" Altman said, according to Time. "We will try. But there are technical limits to what’s possible."

Earlier Altman spoke before the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, where he warned lawmakers about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence and urged the Senate to introduce new legislation aimed at regulating the AI market.

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