China’s Cyberspace Administration has unveiled new draft regulations for managing the development of artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT.
The regulations are intended to manage the fast development of Generative AI tools, with tech giants like Alibaba and Baidu planning to release their own AI chatbots.
Generative AI tools are programmed to create unique human-like content through the analysis of large amounts of data.
Following its release in November 2021, OpenAI’s ChatGPT gained recognition for its ability to respond to user queries with human-like language. This led to several companies unveiling their own versions of generative AI chatbots.
Alibaba announced on Tuesday that it is working on a ChatGPT rival, Tongyi Qianwen, which it plans to integrate across its services. Google and Baidu have also confirmed that they are developing their own AI chatbots.
In response to these developments, China’s cyberspace regulator has released draft measures for managing generative AI, setting rules for companies developing these services to follow, including the type of content their products can generate.
The regulator also noted that the AI chatbots developed by Chinese companies should not generate false information.
According to AI experts, chatbots like ChatGPT can sometimes provide plausible but incorrect responses to some queries, which may mislead people.
They have also expressed concerns about information leaks and copyright infringement resulting from widespread use.
Recently, several Japanese universities, including Tokyo’s Sophia University, have restricted the use of the OpenAI chatbot over information leak concerns.
Italy has also banned the use of ChatGPT, which is set to be investigated over privacy concerns. Germany is also considering a ban on ChatGPT due to similar privacy concerns.