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ChatGPT Has Ethical Concerns About Itself

It would be a missed opportunity to have a conversation about the ethical challenges facing those of us who work in data and AI without giving ChatGPT the chance to weigh in. 

I invited ChatGPT to highlight its biggest ethical concerns in the field of data usage and AI and it quickly rattled off a long list, including data privacy, biases, transparency, effects on employment, and geopolitics. Most interestingly, it also expressed concerns about the difficulties that might arise if AI systems become so complex that it cannot explain how it reaches its conclusions in language that humans can understand.

We continued to chat and, although it didn’t necessarily come up with anything that would surprise you, it did manage to confirm that my own plan for tackling these ethical challenges is sound and even desirable.

Does my idea have genuine merit or is ChatGPT just tickling my ears? Read on and decide for yourself.

The Bletchley Park AI Summit

The recent event in the UK on the subject of AI safety, featured arguments from both ends of the spectrum – those who see AI as a threat to the existence of humanity on a par with climate change, and those who see it as the silver bullet to every ill facing mankind. And yet, even the most avid supporter of AI, who dismisses the biggest potential threats as science fiction, is willing to concede that the ethical challenges are real and that they must be given careful consideration.

The highlight of the summit, arguably, was the conversation between tech billionaire, Elon Musk, and UK prime minister, Rishi Sunak. The wide-ranging discussion included…

  • The risks to the economy and people’s sense of purpose if AI eventually replaces everyone’s jobs.
  • The need to include AI as part of a school syllabus so that future generations are equipped to adapt to changes in the job market.
  • The necessity of including all the major world powers in ongoing discussions.
  • The critical importance of equipping robots with an “off switch”.

The main takeaway for me, however, is that the technology is clearly developing faster than the ability of governments to create regulations. By the time agreement can be made on even minor points on a national level, there’s a strong likelihood that they will already be out of date.

In my view it would be a mistake to wait until regulations are in place to consider and address the ethical ramifications of combining data and AI. It is down to the leaders in these fields to be proactive in their approach.

If, for instance, we’re using big data in tandem with AI, it’s almost impossible not to breach people’s privacy because the myriad of ways in which the data is used is inevitably going to extend past the confines of what the people providing the data could have reasonably expected.

It’s no surprise to anyone, with even the most basic understanding of what is happening in AI, that OpenAI is already facing a number of lawsuits on this very issue.

And this is just scratching the surface.

Once we move beyond the potential (some might say “inevitable”) erosion of privacy, we quickly run into bigger issues such as widening social inequalities, civil unrest, economic disruption, and even global instability.

These concerns are too big to take a “wait and see” approach. It’s critical that leaders in the fields of data and AI start talking and collaborating now on how we can address these ethical challenges across organizations. 

A Confidential Platform for Data/AI Leaders

I shared with ChatGPT my plan to develop a private, online platform on which data leaders can meet to discuss, debate, and collaborate on these issues and its response was almost giddy. It identified this plan as being advantageous for a whole host of reasons, including…

Knowledge Sharing: An exchange of insights will lead to a better understanding of the ethical challenges.

Best Practice Development: A collaborative approach will help to create ethical standards and frameworks, as well as recommendations that can be made to policy makers.

Confidentiality and Trust: By making the platform available to members only, this will encourage open dialogue and “blue sky thinking”.

Cross-Sector Collaboration: Bringing together leaders from different fields will help to produce interdisciplinary solutions.

Advocacy and Influence: The collective power of multiple leaders will result in a highly influential advocacy group that could actively shape public discussion and opinions.

Naturally, I’m very pleased that ChatGPT agrees with my plans, but what I didn’t tell it is that this platform ALREADY EXISTS!

I’ve launched a brand new online community, called the Data Leaders Network, accessible by invite-only, where leaders in the field can… 

  • Freely discuss current technological developments
  • Attend roundtables and upskilling sessions 
  • Access to exclusive resources and mentors
  • Connect with relevant organizations 

If you’d like to learn more, apply to join our inner circle.

Our first members are going to form the foundation of something really special, so if you believe you have the right level of experience and motivation, and you’re passionate about digging into the thorny, ethical challenges ahead, we can’t wait to hear from you.