At a conference in London yesterday (May 24), the founder and CEO of the company behind the vastly popular ChatGPT said OpenAI would leave the bloc if it is unable to comply with the region’s artificial intelligence (AI) regulations, which are currently a work in progress.
As part of its rule-making, the EU is seeking to implement transparency measures in so-called general purpose AI. “Generative foundation models, like GPT, would have to comply with additional transparency requirements, like disclosing that the content was generated by AI, designing the model to prevent it from generating illegal content, and publishing summaries of copyrighted data used for training,” the European Parliament noted on May 11 .
The need for transparency over the data collected to train the algorithm has long been a concern for regulators in European country—that was the basis for Italy’s temporary ban on ChatGPT in March. Altman isn’t making any promises on that frony. “If we can comply, we will, and if we can’t, we’ll cease operating… We will try. But there are technical limits to what’s possible,” Altman said, according to Time .
OpenAI has earlier expressed that individual countries should not be setting narrow rules , like defining what an AI should be allowed to say, or watering down its potential by putting the threshold for regulations too low.