UK Government Seeks Insight into Large Language Models like ChatGPT and LaMda

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What’s the Buzz About?

Have you ever wondered how much the government knows about the artificial intelligence models you interact with daily? According to The Financial Times1, the British government is keen to understand the inner workings of large language models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s LaMda. However, tech companies are wary of sharing sensitive business information due to potential risks.

The Backdrop

The UK government’s interest in these AI models comes as part of an initiative to better anticipate the risks tied to such technology. They are particularly keen on understanding the “model weights” used by these companies. Model weights are critical factors in language models that influence the outcome of AI computations.

OpenAI and other companies have so far not been required to disclose how their language models function. While the companies aren’t resisting this transparency, they caution that it’s a sensitive exercise fraught with security risks.

Why Bletchley Park?

In November, an AI summit will take place at Bletchley Park in the UK2, a significant location known for its role in decoding messages during World War II. The summit will serve as a platform for politicians, academics, and AI company executives to discuss the use and potential regulation of artificial intelligence.

The Delicate Balance

So, what’s holding these companies back? According to a representative from the UK government, it’s not a matter of reluctance. Instead, the issue lies in the delicate nature of the technology and the numerous security risks that need to be considered. Earlier this year in June, companies like DeepMind, OpenAI, and Anthropic indicated a willingness to share more details with the UK government, but the extent of information to be disclosed remains unclear.

Questions Looming Ahead

You might ask, “What are the implications for the general public?” or “How will this affect the future of AI?” While the exact outcomes are uncertain, the UK government’s move could set a precedent for greater scrutiny and regulation of AI technology, which may have both positive and negative impacts.

The UK government is eager to delve into the mechanics of large language models like ChatGPT and LaMda. Although tech companies are open to sharing, they are careful due to the inherent risks involved. The upcoming AI summit at Bletchley Park could be a pivotal moment for the future of AI regulation.

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Reza Rafati

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