The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received a complaint against OpenAI, the leading artificial intelligence research group, requesting an inquiry and suspension of updates for its popular large-scale language model, GPT-4 and AI chatbot, ChatGPT.
According to the lawsuit, the organisation engaged in deceptive and unfair activities by delivering ChatGPT upgrades containing harmful content, and the newly launched GPT-4 provides little information about the training data, the number of parameters, or the assessment methods.
ChatGPT is built on the LLM GPT-3.5 architecture that can create human-like replies to various questions. It is commonly utilised in various applications, such as chatbots, customer support, and language translation. Concerns have been expressed, however, concerning the possible misuse of such models, notably in the spread of misinformation, hate speech, risk to cybersecurity and other harmful content.
A coalition of consumer protection and human rights organisations filed the case, alleging that OpenAI neglected to explain the risks involved with ChatGPT and deliberately provided updates containing harmful information. According to the organisations, the changes were used to promote misinformation and hate speech, causing harm to vulnerable communities.
The complaint includes multiple examples of inappropriate ChatGPT material, such as racist and sexist insults, conspiracy theories, and appeals to violence. According to the organisations, OpenAI is responsible for solving these challenges and guaranteeing that its products are not exploited to damage individuals or communities.
The group requests that the FTC examine OpenAI’s operations and stop ChatGPT updates until the organisation can demonstrate that the issues stated in the complaint have been resolved. The organisations also want OpenAI to be more transparent and accountable in its AI model development and deployment.
OpenAI has defended its activities and emphasised its commitment to ethical AI development in response to the allegation. According to the company, it takes concerns about the abuse of its models seriously and is trying to rectify them.
The complaint emphasises rising worries about the potential risks and consequences connected with AI models such as ChatGPT. As AI technologies improve and become more extensively utilised, organisations such as OpenAI must guarantee that their products are used responsibly and ethically. Industry experts and policymakers will widely monitor the FTC’s reaction to the complaint, as it has the potential to have substantial repercussions for the future of AI development and regulation. Recently 1000+ AI and IT experts, including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, have urged for a six-month moratorium on training AI systems that perform better than OpenAI’s GPT-4 model.