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European Union (EU) consumer advocacy groups have called on regulators to investigate the artificial intelligence (AI) models behind popular chatbots.
According to an AP report on Tuesday, 13 watchdog groups issued a warning to their national consumer, data protection, competition and product safety authorities regarding concerns about generative AI.
The groups said regulators should investigate the AI behind systems such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT to assess the risks and vulnerabilities for consumers before the EU introduces an AI regulation.
In addition to local officials in the EU, the coalition has written to US President Joe Biden with similar concerns about the potential harm to consumers at the hands of generative AI.
Their call to action encouraged leaders to use existing legislation as well as enact new laws to address AI issues. They cited a report from the Norwegian Consumer Council highlighting the dangers of AI chatbots, including misinformation, data collection and manipulation.
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These warnings came shortly after EU regulators passed their monumental artificial intelligence law on June 14. The bill was passed in Parliament by 499 votes to 28, with 93 abstentions.
The laws are expected to come into force within the next two to three years after individual negotiations with EU member states regarding the details of the law. They will serve as a comprehensive set of rules for the development and deployment of AI in the EU.
In the US, officials are also considering AI regulations. Two new bipartisan bills were proposed on June 9 to bring transparency and innovation to the industry.
Regulators in the United Kingdom have called for rules on AI to be on the same level as medicine and nuclear power.