Meeting with Prime Minister Kishida
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, which developed the AI language model “ChatGPT”, met with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the prime minister’s official residence on the 10th. We exchanged opinions on ChatGPT.
In a meeting with the prime minister, Mr. Altman reportedly discussed the benefits of using ChatGPT, the mitigation of the negative aspects, and the “wonderful things that Japan can gain by adopting it.”
He later attended a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party. He said he has revealed his intention to open an office for OpenAI in Japan and consider expanding the Japanese language service. At a press conference, Altman said the company’s language model will strive to increase proficiency in the Japanese language and its cultural nuances.
I would like to spend more time working with amazingly talented people and creating outstanding things for the people of Japan.
Proposal for Japan
On the same day, Mr. Altman attended a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party’s “AI Evolution and Implementation Project Team” (hereinafter referred to as AIPT). Akihisa Shiozaki, a member of the AIPT secretary-general, made the announcement on Twitter.
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, came to Japan and attended a PT on the evolution and implementation of AI by the Liberal Democratic Party. Referring to the active use of ChatGPT in Japan, he said, “I hope Japan will demonstrate a strong presence and leadership in the world through the use of AI.” With expectations for Japan, the following seven proposals were made.
— Akihisa Shiozaki[Member of the House of Representatives, Ehime 1st Ward](@AkihisaShiozaki) April 10, 2023
According to Shiozaki, Altman made the following seven proposals to Japan.
- Increased weight of training data related to Japan
- Provision of analysis of government public data, etc.
- Sharing know-how on learning methods and points to note using LLM (Large Scale Language Model)
- Providing advanced functions such as image analysis for GPT-4
- Consideration of a mechanism for domestic preservation of sensitive data
- Strengthening the presence of OpenAI in Japan
- Providing training and education to young researchers and students in Japan
At the end of March, AIPT published a white paper titled “Japan’s National Strategy in the New Era of AI.” Proposals are summarized for AI development infrastructure in Japan, AI utilization in government, AI utilization in the private sector, and AI regulations.
Regarding the development of Japan’s own AI model, the white paper states, “It is difficult to develop a unique platform model that is competitive in the short term using only domestic resources.” We should accelerate various applied research and development using the basic model in Japan, either as a foundation or in the form of partnerships.”
The meeting with the CEO of OpenAI is expected to follow this trend.
Growing Concerns about ChatGPT
On the other hand, there are growing concerns around the world about the protection of personal information against ChatGPT.
In Italy, the data protection authority temporarily banned the use of ChatGPT on March 31, citing suspicions of violating the EU’s (European Union) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). ChatGPT discovered that some customer information, including credit card numbers (last four digits) and addresses, had been leaked. An investigation has been launched.
Authorities have criticized the lack of legal basis for collecting and storing large amounts of personal data when AI learns algorithms. It also argues that advance information provision to users is insufficient.
Reuters reported that Germany, France and Ireland could follow suit.
In Canada, the Personal Information Protection Commission (CPC) announced on the 4th that it had launched an investigation into OpenAI after receiving complaints that “ChatGPT collects, uses, and discloses personal information without consent.” bottom.
Furthermore, ChatGPT is viewed as a problem by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which supervises and monitors fair trade.
In a document filed with the FTC, the Center for AI Digital Policy (CAIDP), a nonprofit research organization that addresses AI ethics, social impacts, and privacy issues, alleges ChatGPT is a risk to privacy and public safety. It calls for a freeze on future AI language model releases until they comply with FTC guidelines for transparency, fairness, and clarity.
Is Japan bucking global trends?
CEO Altman visits Japan as headwinds against ChatGPT intensify around the world. He met with Prime Minister Kishida and attended meetings of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
After meeting with Mr. Altman, Prime Minister Kishida said that he and Mr. Altman discussed the situation in which risks related to privacy and copyright in new technologies have been pointed out, and exchanged views on “international rule-making.” .
At a press conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno emphasized, “While recent technological innovations in AI, not limited to ‘Chat GPT,’ have various advantages, there is also the view that new challenges will arise.” said of the potential use of ChatGPT within the government:
The government will continue to work with relevant ministries and agencies to keep track of trends in AI, while conducting necessary considerations on how to handle confidential information and respond to concerns about information leaks. After that, if the concerns are resolved, we would like to consider the possibility of using it to reduce the work burden of national civil servants.