ChatGPT could be used by 'bad actors' and should be regulated, OpenAI's chief technology officer says

ChatGPT could be used by 'bad actors' and should be regulated, OpenAI's chief technology officer says
OpenAI CTO Mira Murati speaking at Diane Von Furstenberg's InCharge Conversations in March 2020 in New York City.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DVF
  • The chief technology officer at ChatGPT creator OpenAI said the tool could be used by "bad actors."
  • The chatbot's popularity means "it's not too early" to regulate it, Mira Murati told Time magazine.

The chief technology officer at ChatGPT's creator OpenAI has said that the AI tool should be regulated as it could be used by "bad actors."

Mira Murati said in an interview with Time magazine that the company didn't expect its "child" would be met with such enthusiasm when it was released.

She added ChatGPT may "make up facts," in common with other tools powered by AI based on a language model.

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But its popularity sparked questions over some ethical concerns, Murati said, adding that such tools "can be misused, or it can be used by bad actors," sparking questions about how to govern it globally.

She continued: "How do you govern the use of AI in a way that's aligned with human values?"


Asked whether companies like OpenAI or governments should be in charge of regulating the tool, Murati said: "It's important for OpenAI and companies like ours to bring this into the public consciousness in a way that's controlled and responsible."

She stressed, however, that the company will need all the help it can get, including from regulators, governments, and everyone else. "It's not too early" to regulate it, she added.

OpenAI didn't immediately respond to a request for comment by Insider.

In January, ChatGPT CEO Sam Altman, said during an interview with StrictlyVC that "generative text is something we all need to adapt to."

"We adapted to calculators and changed what we tested for in math class, I imagine. This is a more extreme version of that, no doubt, but also the benefits of it are more extreme, as well," Altman added.


The AI chatbot has sparked huge interest since it became publicly available on November 30, even sparking fears it would ultimately replace many people's jobs.

One man used it, alongside another AI tool to create graphics, to write a children's book. Researchers went further and made ChatGPT pass all three parts of the United States medical licensing examination. They said it passed "comfortably."