Chinese police have arrested a man, identified as Hong, in the northwestern province of Gansu in China for allegedly using ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence technology, to create and spread a fake news story online. This is believed to be the first instance of a person being detained for their use of AI, and the police have stated that Hong was held for “using artificial intelligence technology to concoct untrue and false information.” This arrest serves as a warning to those who use AI to spread false information and highlights the need for more stringent measures to be taken to prevent the misuse of AI.
First arrest made under China’s new AI regulations for spreading fake news
In April, Chinese authorities arrested a man for spreading false information about a train crash that had never happened. The article had been posted across multiple accounts on Baijiahao, a microblogging platform run by Baidu, and had been read by at least 15,000 people.
This is the first arrest since China introduced new laws in January to regulate the use of AI and ‘deep fake’ technology and misuse of AI. The laws require any technologies that generate text, images, audio, or video to be clearly labeled as such. This arrest serves as a warning to those who spread false information online and highlights the importance of China’s new regulations.
Hong was arrested by police for using elements from past trending stories in China to create a new story and upload it to Baijiahao accounts. He confessed to doing this after friends on WeChat told him how to make money from clicks. His crime is “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and carries a maximum sentence of five years.
Authorities may choose to make an example of him, as this is his first offense. This case serves as a reminder to be careful when using online platforms to make money, as it can lead to serious legal consequences.
Government targets ChatGPT as part of wider tech crackdown
The Chinese government is cracking down on ChatGPT, a technology that can generate fake news, as part of a wider tech crackdown. This is a warning to the public to be wary of rumors created by the technology. Governments around the world, including the UK and US, are beginning to take notice of the potential problems with AI and its ability to generate fake news and people’s misuse of AI.
Geoffrey Hinton, the ‘godfather of deep learning’, recently left Google with warnings about how we should control this technology. It is essential that governments and tech companies work together to ensure that AI is used responsibly and ethically.
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