OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said language and cultural inclusivity are “very important” to his company’s mission as it builds and trains powerful artificial intelligence systems.
“We think this is really important,” Altman told California Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of language inclusivity in AI.
“One example is that we worked with the government of Iceland, which is a language of fewer speakers than many of the languages that are well represented on the internet, to ensure that their language was included in our model,” Altman said.
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law held a hearing Tuesday during which Altman, IBM Chief Privacy & Trust Officer Christina Montgomery and New York University professor emeritus Gary Marcus delivered testimony on how best to regulate powerful artificial intelligence systems.
Padilla asked Altman and Montgomery how OpenAI and IBM are “ensuring language and cultural inclusivity” in their technologies, arguing that social media companies in recent years have not “adequately invested in content moderation, tools and resources for their non-English” users.
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Altman argued that OpenAI’s tech “will have lots of positive impact” on its users, “but, in particular, underrepresented … people who have not had as much access to technology around the world.”