Non-profit organization files complaint urging investigation into OpenAI's GPT models


(MENAFN) The Center for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP), an independent non-profit research group, filed a complaint on Thursday calling for an investigation into OpenAI, a San Francisco-based research lab. The complaint also demanded that OpenAI suspend the release of new GPT models, with GPT-4 being the latest. The CAIDP urged the regulator Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the lab and suspend further deployment of commercial multimodal large language models. The non-profit research group claimed that GPT-4 is "biased, deceptive, and a risk to privacy and public safety."

The FTC has previously stated that the use of AI should be "transparent, explainable, fair, and empirically sound while fostering accountability." The CAIDP noted this in its complaint, stating that OpenAI's GPT models violate these principles. Marc Rotenberg, president and general counsel of CAIDP, said that the center is "specifically asking the FTC to determine whether the company has complied with guidance the federal agency has issued."

The complaint comes after dozens of tech experts, including billionaire Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, signed an open letter calling for a pause on artificial intelligence (AI) experiments and systems around the world. The letter argued that AI labs around the world are "locked in an out-of-control race to develop and deploy ever more powerful digital minds that no one – not even their creators – can understand, predict, or reliably control." The signatories argued that powerful AI systems should be developed only once humanity is confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable.

In its complaint, the CAIDP called for the FTC to act, emphasizing the need for an "independent oversight and evaluation" of commercial AI products offered in the US. The non-profit research group highlighted that without necessary safeguards to limit bias and deception, there is a serious risk to businesses, consumers, and public safety. Merve Hickok, chair and research director of CAIDP, wrote in the complaint that the world is at a critical moment in the evolution of AI products, and the FTC is uniquely positioned to address this challenge.

Ursula Pachl, CAIDP board member, also called on European Union authorities to launch an investigation into the risks of ChatGPT and similar chatbots for European consumers. The complaint and the open letter signed by tech experts indicate growing concerns about the ethical implications of AI and the need for greater oversight and regulation of AI labs and their products.

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