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Regulations May Kick OpenAI Out of Europe

According to a Reuters report, the EU AI Act will require companies to disclose copyrighted materials used in AI training and development.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says that the company may stop offering services in Europe in the case the company cannot comply with the now-pending European Union AI regulations, according to a Reuters report.

The company is known for being the developer of ChatGPT. 

“There’s so much they could do, like changing the definition of general-purpose AI systems,” Altman said. “There’s a lot of things that could be done.”

According to Altman, there lies a key rule in the pending EU AI act that requires companies to disclose copyrighted materials that are used in developing generative AI tools.

As the world marvels upon ChatGPT, big companies and even tech giants have been wary of depending on OpenAI’s solution.

Last week, Apple became the latest of a number of corporations to prohibit their employees from using ChatGPT and other third-party AI tools for their work, citing concerns of potential confidential company data leaks that would end up being stored on third-party servers.

“The current draft of the EU AI Act would be over-regulating, but we have heard it’s going to get pulled back,” Altman told Reuters.

The Future of Life Institute, an association who “works to promote the benefits of technologies and reduce their associated risks,” published a report that analyses the EU AI Act, where they describe general purpose AI (GPA) as AI systems with a wide range of potential uses that can be both intended and unintended by developers.

A prior version of the Artificial Intelligence Regulation Act has been approved by EU member states in December.

Last month, European Parliament policymakers demanded for US President Joe Biden  and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to bring together a global summit that will address the creation of governing principles for the development, control, and deployment of artificial intelligence.

Several world leaders have expressed shock over ChatGPT’s rapid rise after its public release in November, resulting in the opening of multiple investigations into OpenAI’s practices from Germany, France, Sweden, and Canada, with Italy even issuing an outright ban on ChatGPT (which has now been lifted), citing privacy concerns.

After Italy’s ban, OpenAI implemented several updates to the platform, including the ability for users to delete their query history. But if things go sour, Italy may face a second ban from the platform.

At a Wednesday panel discussion at the University College London, Altman said that OpenAI will try to comply with the rules set by the forthcoming EU AI Act before deciding on closing up shop in Europe.

“Either we’ll be able to solve those requirements or not,” Altman said. “If we can comply, we will, and if we can’t, we’ll cease operating.”

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