April 19, 2024
OpenAI Unveils Global Strategy for 2024 Elections, Prioritizing Transparency and AI Safeguards

AI & Elections: OpenAI’s Commitment to Responsible Technology Use

OpenAI, the entity behind the widely-used chatbot ChatGPT, has published a recent blog post elucidating its strategy for the 2024 elections on a global scale. The primary focus of the initiative is to ensure transparency, improve access to accurate voting information, and prevent the inappropriate application of artificial intelligence (AI). OpenAI underscores the importance of safeguarding the collaborative nature of elections and is committed to ensuring that its AI service is not used in a way that could undermine this process.

OpenAI emphasizes that protecting the integrity of elections is a collective responsibility and aims to guarantee that its technology is not used in a way that could undermine this process. The company has established a cross-functional effort exclusively dedicated to election-related tasks, swiftly addressing potential abuse. Measures include averting abuse, such as misleading deep fakes, chatbots posing as candidates, or orchestrated influence operations. OpenAI notes implementing guardrails on Dall-E to reject requests for generating images of real individuals, including political candidates, as one of its protective measures.

In August 2023, U.S. regulators were contemplating the regulation of political deep fakes and AI-generated ads ahead of the 2024 presidential elections. OpenAI clarifies that creating applications for political campaigning and lobbying is presently prohibited. Despite this, there are instances of politicians, including a U.S. Congress candidate, utilizing AI as a campaign caller to expand outreach to potential voters.

OpenAI expresses its commitment to continually update ChatGPT, incorporating real-time news reporting to furnish accurate information globally and directing voters to official voting websites for additional details.

The impact of AI on elections has already been a prominent subject of discussion, with Microsoft releasing a report on AI’s potential to influence voter sentiment on social media. Microsoft’s Bing AI chatbot faced scrutiny when European researchers discovered that it provided misleading election information.

Google has proactively addressed AI’s role in elections, mandating AI disclosure in political campaign ads in September. Additionally, it has imposed limitations on responses to election queries on its Bard AI tool and generative search.

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