Good and bad – on generative AI

Source: This post is created based on the article “Good and bad”, published in The Hindu on 3rd June 2023.

Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 – Awareness about the technologies

Context: The widespread adoption of generative AI has led to both awe and worry, as it can falsify data and raise ethical concerns.

What are the concerns associated with generative AI?

AI pioneers have expressed alarm about the risks associated with AI, comparing them to global-scale risks like pandemics and nuclear war.

It can create data that appears real, making it challenging to distinguish between authentic and falsified information.

AI models may use copyrighted data without proper authorization.

Human dignity, privacy, and protection from falsified information need to be considered in the development and use of AI models.

What should be done by government?

The Indian government should proactively address AI risks by:

  1. Launching and maintaining an open-source AI risk profile.
  2. Creating sandboxed research and development environments to test potentially high-risk AI models.
  3. Maintaining vigilance and monitoring the use of AI technologies.
  4. Defining scenarios for intervention and establishing policies that allow democratic institutions to respond to dangerous AI enterprises.
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