AI Needs an International Watchdog, OpenAI Leaders Say

The leaders of OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research lab that developed the chatbot ChatGPT, have called for regulation of “superintelligent” A.I. technology, saying it “will be more powerful than other technologies humanity has had to contend with in the past.”

To regulate the risks of A.I. systems, there should be an international watchdog, similar to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the organization that promotes the peaceful use of nuclear energy, OpenAI’s founders, Greg Brockman and Ilya Sutskever, and its chief executive, Sam Altman, wrote in a note posted Monday on the company’s website.

“Given the possibility of existential risk, we can’t just be reactive,” they wrote.

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