Scarlett Johansson’s AI controversy is a reminder of Silicon Valley’s past troubles

  1. Scarlett Johansson criticized OpenAI for using her likeness in their new chatbot without permission, highlighting concerns about AI replacing humans in creative industries.
  2. OpenAI, initially a non-profit organization, formed a profit-making arm in 2019, causing some founders, like Elon Musk, to withdraw due to differing views on profit-driven innovation.
  3. Tech companies have pledged to create responsible, safe AI products, but the immediate concerns are about AI tools replacing jobs and inability to recognize skin colors.
  4. There is a lack of understanding about why AI tools generate certain outputs, and established safety testing practices like red teaming lack best-practice guidelines.
  5. Tech firms have committed to shelving products that don’t meet safety thresholds, but these thresholds are yet to be set. The EU has passed the AI Act, imposing tough penalties for non-compliance.
  6. There is a need for independent oversight and legally binding rules to ensure responsible development of AI technologies, as regulation and policy often lag behind innovation.
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