Hi, and welcome back to Semafor Tech. It’s been 10 months since ChatGPT was released, and we’re now beginning to see how lawmakers might approach regulating advanced artificial intelligence. One thing I’m closely watching: who elected officials are listening to on this issue.
Today, I have a scoop about a provision the White House is considering putting in its upcoming executive order on AI, which would require cloud computing giants to share information about their customers with the government. It’s an idea that has been proposed by OpenAI and Microsoft, as well as organizations concerned about what they say are “existential risks” posed by the technology.
The story indicates that people like Sam Altman and Microsoft President Brad Smith are having a big impact in Washington. Read on below for more details about what the provision would mean, and why I think it has the potential to backfire.
Plus, Reed has an interview with the president of the Future of Life Institute, discussing what has happened in the six months since he published a viral letter calling for a pause on advanced AI development.