A whitepaper has been published by the Malta IT Law Association (MITLA) titled, ChatGPT: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, highlighting the need for better policy orientation around emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI).
AI has increasingly become a topic of daily discussion, with major tech companies such as Microsoft, Google and Baidu entering the race to stake their claim in the emerging market.
“OpenAI’s ChatGPT has introduced AI to the masses and can be very useful as a tool to assist people in written tasks. While there are dangers associated with AI even in terms of job displacement, there is also a reality that AI developments will create new jobs that today cannot even be imagined. ChatGPT could also make up for certain skills shortages and make people and organisations produce higher quality work faster and at lower costs,” read MITLA’s whitepaper.
The association warned that while the company behind ChatGPT began as a non-profit, it is a for-profit entity, “creating concerns that the company may ignore wider ethical implications in a race for profits.”
This can be seen in OpenAI’s partnership with Microsoft which has led to ChatGPT’s integration into Bing search, as a way for the company to gain a competitive advantage in online search.
The whitepaper includes the following seven recommendations:
The association believes that taking proactive measures to address issues arising from AI can help ensure that technology such as ChatGPT can be deployed in a way that serves the public good while protecting individuals, institutions and society at large.
Following the annual general meeting held on 27th January 2023, MITLA elected a new committee with Anthonio Ghio as president, and Sharon Xuereb as vice-president.
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