There is no future in China for generative artificial intelligence. According to reports from the Financial Times, the Chinese government intends to launch very strict regulations on the development of AI able to create text and images as a human would. And how he manages to do, for example, ChatGptwhich is not surprisingly still not available in the Asian country.
The government body that monitors the network, ie the Cyberspace Administration of Chinaintends to force companies to apply for a license – and therefore a register and submit to possible checks – to develop models of generative artificial intelligence. Furthermore, any product that involves the use of generative AI will have to be evaluated by the Government before being marketed.
The hypothesis of an imminent tightening was leaked on the very day in which Ali Babaone of the country’s tech giants, has announced that its generative AI – called Tongyi Qianwen and with capabilities similar to those of ChatGpt – will be integrated into the digital work tools developed by the company and its speakers equipped with virtual assistants.
The plan to regulate AI so tightly puts it into effect China at a crossroadsIndeed, the country cannot become a leader in the development of artificial intelligence, as it has long aspired to, if it also applies its censorship to this new technology.
“We are in a watershed moment marked by generative artificial intelligence and cloud computing,” he said Daniel Zhang, executive chairman of Alibaba. “In ten or twenty years, when we look back, we will realize that we were all on the same starting line – added Zhang -. Seizing these future opportunities is a common desire and requires a shared vision.” But her government evidently doesn’t think the same way.
In the draft of China’s AI lawleaked last April, we read that the contents produced by the AI must “embrace socialist values” and that they must not suggest anything that “subverts the power of the state, which incites division in the country or which undermines national unity” .
What is painted, in short, is a deeply tamed AI. Who risks appearing “stupid”, anything but intelligent. It is true that even Western companies, like OpenAI e Google, put limits on their generative artificial intelligences. But they do it to prevent, as far as possible, the disinformation, violent language and criminal suggestions. Not to align the thought of AI with the ideas of the Government.
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The news of an impending tightening on generative artificial intelligence comes just a week after World AI Conference which was held in Shanghai and which saw the participation of various ministers. He also spoke Elon Musk in what the Chinese government considers a showcase of the country’s most advanced technologies.
“I admire the wisdom and determination of the Chinese people – Musk said speaking in connection – As long as the Chinese decide to do well in one thing, they will do it, even in artificial intelligence”. But first, those Chinese they will have to ask the government for permission.
It was later understood that AI was at “risk” in China the statements of the leader Xi Jinping, who expressed concern about the rapid rise of this technology. According to what Xinhua News Agency, the news agency controlled by the government, reported last May, Xi Jinping would have asked for “dedicated efforts to safeguard political security and improve cybersecurity regarding internet data and AI”.
Xi Jinping called on everyone to “be keenly aware of the complications and challenges national security is facing” due to AI. Xi Jinping also added that the country needs a “new security architecture”.
The most advanced chatbot in the country, Ernie botwas launched last March by Baidu, the Chinese multinational specialized – among other things – precisely in the development of artificial intelligence. But Ernie, which was supposed to be the Chinese answer to ChatGpt, has not convinced either users or investors.