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OpenAI and Other Tech Giants Will Have to Warn the U.S. Government When They Start New AI Projects

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From left, Fei-Fei Li of MIT, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and EqualAI president Miriam Vogel speaking at the Hoover Institute in January.

Credit: U.S. Department of Commerce

When OpenAI's ChatGPT took the world by storm last year, it caught many power brokers in both Silicon Valley and Washington, DC, by surprise. The US government should now get advance warning of future AI breakthroughs involving large language models, the technology behind ChatGPT.

The Biden administration is preparing to use the Defense Production Act to compel tech companies to inform the government when they train an AI model using a significant amount of computing power. The rule could take effect as soon as next week.

The new requirement will give the US government access to key information about some of the most sensitive projects inside OpenAI, Google, Amazon, and other tech companies competing in AI. Companies will also have to provide information on safety testing being done on their new AI creations.

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