OpenAI Bans Developer For Creating Bot That Mimicked US Lawmaker

Dean.Bot was created by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Matt Krisiloff and Jed Somers.

Microsoft-backed OpenAI has banned the developer of a bot that imitates Democratic presidential candidate Congressman Dean Phillips. This is the first action the ChatGPT maker has taken against what it deems to be misuse of its artificial intelligence (AI) tools in political campaigns. The Washington Post reported on Saturday.

“We recently removed a developer account that knowingly violated our API Usage Policy, which prohibits political campaigning or impersonating an individual without consent,” an OpenAI spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters. .

Dean.Bot, powered by OpenAI's ChatGPT, was created by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Matt Krisiloff and Jed Summers and is part of a super PAC called We Deserve Better that is supporting Phillips ahead of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. has been launched, the report added.

The PAC received $1 million from billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who in a post on social media platform It's our biggest investment.”

The super PAC had a deal with AI startup Delphi to build the bot. OpenAI suspended Delphi's account late Friday, noting that OpenAI's rules prohibit the use of the technology in political campaigns. Delphi removed Dean.Bot after the account was suspended, the report added.

We Deserve Better did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Delphi could not be reached for comment either.

Dean.Bot has a disclaimer explaining that it is an AI tool and can have real-time conversations with voters through its website, which researchers say could seriously harm elections. This is an early use of the emerging technology, the Post reported. .

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