It was to be expected that as such an important and powerful tool as artificial intelligence continued to develop, the world would increasingly view it with greater skepticism. We could see something like this coming when The New York Times prohibited the use of its content for training any kind of artificial intelligence, although this is not comparable to one of the seats of U.S. sovereignty: the Senate.
A potential danger to society
Without falling into alarmism, artificial intelligence, like any powerful tool, has a multitude of uses that can pose threats to ordinary people. This includes AI that can imitate voices or create hyper-realistic deepfakes. As a result, leaders of major tech companies like Mark Zuckerberg (Meta), Sam Altman (OpenAI), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), and many others held a private forum with Senate representatives at the AI Insight Forum, closed to the general public. All we know about this meeting comes from subsequent statements.
For example, Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of society as a whole working to minimize the risks of this technology, which also represents an opportunity to create a much better future for everyone. He also called for not underestimating the potential of these tools or their impact, as the industry is evolving rapidly.
Elon Musk, on the other hand, stressed the importance of having a federal control agency for artificial intelligence matters. There seems to be consensus among all tech leaders on the importance of regulating this technology to establish rules that allow for its ethical use and evolution.
However, some voices have categorized this closed-door meeting as an exclusive and opaque forum, harshly criticizing the lack of transparency among AI giants. They argue that this situation creates an opportunity for economic power to influence potential regulators. This doesn’t have to be the case, as long as there is an open forum in the future that allows all citizens access in one way or another.