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OpenAI bans developer of Dean Phillips bot, its first known political restriction

OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, has banned the developer of a bot that imitates Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota. This is the company's first restriction on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools by political campaigns and committees.

An OpenAI spokesperson confirmed the ban to The Hill on Monday, writing in a statement that “anyone building with our tools must follow our usage policies.”

“We recently removed a developer account that was intentionally violating our API. [Application Programming Interface] “Usage policy prohibits impersonation of political campaigns or non-consensual individuals,” the spokesperson wrote.

The idea behind Dean.Bot, powered by OpenAI's ChatGPT software, came from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Matt Krisiloff and Jed Summers, who launched We Deserve Better, a super PAC backing Philips.

The move from OpenAI comes after the Washington Post A report has been published Last Friday, I detailed last week's launch of Dean.Bot by a super PAC formed in early December. Those who donated to the PAC include hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who raised $1 million for the committee.

The newspaper reported that PAC has contracted with AI startup Delphi to build bots using conversational software ChatGPT, and OpenAI rules prohibit the company's technology from being used for political campaigns. He pointed out that there was. Following last week's Post report, OpenAI suspended the account late Friday, and Delphi removed Dean.Bot.

krysilov told the Post Over the weekend, he asked Delphi to remove ChatGPT from its bot after news outlets questioned the super PAC about its rules for using OpenAI. He asked Delphi to instead use open source technology that offers similar conversational capabilities, the newspaper reported.

Dean.Bot allows voters to ask questions online and touted it as a “fun educational tool” although it's “not perfect.”

The website's disclaimer states: “Voice bots are programmed to sound like him and elicit his ideas, but they say things that are wrong, wrong, or shouldn't be said. There is a possibility,” it says. “Ask me anything, but please take the answer with a grain of salt!”

While the user can still see online websitethe area where the chatbot once resided now says “We are experiencing technical issues” and “Sorry, Deanbot is currently in a campaign!”

Krysilov previously served as Chief of Staff to OpenAI Sam Altman. Mr. Krisiloff told the Post that Mr. Altman had met with Mr. Phillips, but that he was not involved in the super PAC.

The Hill has reached out to We Deserve Better for comment.

Last week, OpenAI revealed the approach “To prevent abuse, provide transparency in AI-generated content, and improve access to accurate voting information” for the 2024 election.

In a series of major initiatives, the company said it would ban people from using its technology to create chatbots that imitate real candidates or governments or misrepresent how voting works. .I said it would happen Add digital watermark to AI images These are created with the DALL-E image generator and mark the origin of the content.

The controversy surrounding OpenAI's framework and Dean.Bot comes amid growing concerns about how AI technology will impact this year's elections. AI technology has the ability to generate text, images, audio, and create deepfake videos, and some researchers believe it could spread misinformation and undermine the country's electoral system, which is already being lost to voters. There are concerns that this could lead to a decline in trust.

Phillips entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in October, but has struggled to gain momentum to challenge President Biden. Phillips is scheduled to appear in New Hampshire's primary vote on Tuesday. Biden will not be voting Tuesday in the Granite State, but a write-in campaign is underway among his supporters.

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