Brad Smith of Microsoft calls for increased AI regulation
Microsoft President Brad Smith said that artificial intelligence (AI) could be the most significant technological change in our lifetime, and governments need to learn how to control it. Speaking at a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., Smith said that governments must act quickly to stay on top of AI developments. Smith believes that the private sector also has a role to play in controlling how AI develops. As part of the private sector’s role, Microsoft has announced its “5-point blueprint for governing AI,” aimed at bringing the public and private sectors together to ensure AI “serves all society.” Meanwhile, Smith suggested that the government should require companies that work on advanced AI models to obtain a license. Smith added that companies should notify the government when they start testing, and results from ongoing operations should be shared with the government. However, Smith acknowledged that he and Microsoft don’t necessarily know what the best course of action is for the government. Microsoft has spent around $13 billion on backing OpenAI and integrating ChatGPT into its Bing search engine. Smith’s comments come after more than 1,100 industry insiders asked governments to “pause giant AI experiments” due to the risks AI systems with human-competitive intelligence pose to society and humanity.