Alright, check it out folks. We’re talking about the internet and how it’s shaping our world. The United States has been a big advocate for a “free and open internet.” You got people like Secretary Clinton and President Obama pushing this concept, and it’s been supported by many countries. They all recognize the importance of freedom of expression, the free flow of information, and the ability to connect without unnecessary restrictions. This kind of vision has been a great counter to the rise of digital authoritarianism, which we definitely don’t want.
But now we got generative AI on the scene, and it’s gonna be a game-changer. We’re talking about these large language models that have crazy potential. They can be this bridge between individuals and ideas, giving us the ability to express and refine opinions, explore information, and even automate communication. These AI tools are gonna be everywhere, from personal communication to politics to global commerce. But here’s the thing, just like those authoritarian regimes tried to control the internet, they could try to control speech facilitated by generative AI. We’ve seen China already trying to restrict AI models that express controversial views. That’s not cool.
So, what do we do? We gotta commit to this idea of free and open AI, just like we did with the internet. When we say “free,” we ain’t talking about the cost, we’re talking about the freedom to create and use AI for legit purposes. Governments can’t be restricting the use of generative AI for commerce or political speech. That would mess with our right to free expression. And they can’t restrict the use and sharing of public code, weights, and training data either. That’s gonna stifle innovation and free trade.
Now, I get it. We got some challenges here. Misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech are real concerns. But, and this is a big but, we gotta combat harmful speech with more speech, not less. Instead of shutting down ideas or blocking access to AI models, we need to create an environment that encourages responsible use. And yeah, security is gonna be a thing, but we can’t let it trump freedom. We gotta preserve the ability to express ideas and access information. That’s what keeps our democratic values intact.
When we talk about “open” in AI, we’re talking about transparency. We’re gonna have open AI models and closed ones, and that competition is gonna drive innovation and collaboration. We don’t want governments messing with AI models, manipulating them and introducing bias. We need that transparency to hold them accountable and earn our trust. We can’t let them distort AI-enabled speech and information.
So here’s the deal. All democratic countries need to come together and get behind a global declaration on free and open AI. We gotta commit to these principles:
– Promoting freedom of expression: Governments can’t restrict using AI to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas.
– Protecting freedom to innovate: Governments can’t restrict building and sharing AI models and training data.
– Protecting free trade: Governments can’t restrict exporting AI models and training data beyond necessary security concerns.
– Protecting cultural, artistic, and scientific interests: Governments can’t restrict the use of AI for cultural, artistic, and scientific creations and advancements. They gotta protect our interests from the use of AI as well.
– Encouraging responsible speech: Instead of censoring AI, governments need to empower individuals through education, fact-checking initiatives, content standards, and mechanisms for counter-speech.
– Embracing transparency: Governments can’t manipulate AI models, plain and simple.
– Empowering inclusive innovation: Governments should support the adoption of affordable and reliable AI tools throughout society. We need to close that data divide and promote AI literacy.
– International collaboration and cooperation: Governments gotta team up with the private sector to develop standards and trade agreements that promote free and open AI. We can’t let unnecessary restrictions get in the way of global access to these tools.
So, it’s crucial that we get this global declaration on free and open AI. We gotta protect our democratic values and stop those authoritarian regimes from shutting down free expression and innovation. AI should be a catalyst for progress, empowering us and creating a global society that stands for democratic ideals.
– Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
– Center for Data Innovation
– Center for Social and Economic Research
– Centro Mackenzie de Liberdade Econômica
– Fundación IDEA
– IMANI Center for Policy & Education
– Libertad y Desarrollo
– Libertad y Progreso
– Paramadina Public Policy Institute
– Start-Up Nation Policy Institute
– The Macdonald-Laurier Institute
– The Center for Global Enterprise
– Property Rights Alliance
– Fundación Internacional Bases
– Tanque de Análisis y Creatividad de las TIC – TicTac
– Austrian Economics Center
– Hayek Institute
And don’t forget to sign the petition on Change.org.
Alright, thanks for tuning in. Stay curious, my friends.