Musk talks about plans to regulate artificial intelligence in China

Musk talks about plans to regulate artificial intelligence in China

| Tuesday 06 June 2023

(AFP) - Elon Musk, the boss of Twitter, Tesla and SpaceX, said on Monday that he had spoken with senior Chinese politicians about the need to regulate artificial intelligence. 

"We've had very productive discussions about the risks of AI and the need for oversight or regulation," he said in a live-streamed discussion on Twitter with candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. -- the slim odds -- the Democratic nomination against Joe Biden.

"What I take away from these conversations is that China is going to put in place AI regulations in China."

President Xi Jinping and other leaders agreed last Wednesday at a summit meeting of the Chinese Communist Party to "improve surveillance of network data and artificial intelligence", according to reports. state media.

The Chinese authorities had already announced in April that they would impose a "security inspection" on tools developed in China and based on AI such as ChatGPT. Content generated by artificial intelligence must "reflect fundamental socialist values ​​and not contain (elements relating to) the subversion of state power".

The draft regulations, which in China's highly centralized political system are likely to come into force, were unveiled as many Chinese tech companies such as Baidu, Alibaba, and ByteDance (parent company of TikTok) recently announced that they are working on their own so-called “generative” AI model, hoping to ride on the success of the American pioneer ChatGPT.

This program, developed by the Californian OpenAI, arouses a global wave of enthusiasm but also of concern regarding its ability to produce all kinds of coherent texts, and the opacity of the underlying language model.

Elon Musk spent two days in China without tweeting. This visit by one of the richest men in the world is controversial due to political and commercial tensions between the United States and China.

The multi-billionaire has also sparked controversy by suggesting that the island of Taiwan, claimed by Beijing, should be part of China.

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