OpenAI vs the EU AI Act

PLUS: Microsoft Build 2023

Good morning, human brains. Welcome back to your daily munch of AI news.

Here’s what’s on the menu today:

  • Microsoft introduces Windows Copilot 🤖

    Plus, other announcements from Microsoft Build 2023.

  • OpenAI: we’re very pro-regulation… just not right now 💭

    Sam Altman warns OpenAI may pull out of the EU over regulation concerns.


Microsoft announces Copilot for Windows 11 🧑‍✈️

Last week’s Microsoft Build 2023 was huge.

We watched the whole thing so you don’t have to. Here are the 5 most interesting things they announced:

1/ Bing is set to become the default search engine for ChatGPT.

ChatGPT will be able to browse Bing to answer queries. That means fresh content (right now, it doesn’t have access to data after September 2021) and citations on answers — but it’ll be limited to ChatGPT+.

2/ Microsoft’s AI Copilot is coming to the Windows 11 taskbar. Microsoft claims it can summarize, rewrite, and explain text within any app.

It’s also coming to the Edge browser, where it reads open webpages to assist with tasks and integrates with existing Microsoft 365 tools.

3/ Microsoft Copilot now supports plugins. This includes new plugins for Teams, messaging, and Microsoft 365.

It'll be possible to use the same plugins seamlessly across ChatGPT, Bing Chat, and Windows Copilot.

4/ Microsoft is building an AI-powered Windows Terminal. This one’s for the developers. Windows Terminal is about to have GitHub Copilot directly built in.

Code recommendations and error explanations, straight from the command line.

5/ A new way to analyze data: Microsoft Fabric. Fabric is an AI-powered data analytics platform that lets engineers build and manage their data systems all in one place.

Microsoft Fabric crunching customer data

Take: Microsoft has grabbed the proverbial AI hammer, and boy howdy, are there plenty of nails. They’re positioned to integrate AI across the entire digital experience — Windows (operating system), Bing (search), Edge (browser), Microsoft 365 (office tools), and Windows Terminal + GitHub (developer tools).

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Foundation Model

A foundation model is a type of large machine learning model that can be fine-tuned for various applications. It’s what we think of when we talk about LLMs and image generation models.

The terminology is gaining traction in regulatory contexts.

Examples: GPT-3 and Stable Diffusion.


OpenAI vs the EU AI Act ⚔️

Just a few weeks ago, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman asked US lawmakers to regulate AI in his testimony to Congress.

Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

But Sammy isn’t so peachy about the EU AI Act.

Recent updates have expanded regulations for creators of ‘foundation models’ — which includes OpenAI.

Additionally, models labeled as ‘high-risk’ would require creators to disclose details like computing power required and training time. The label would almost certainly apply to OpenAI’s GPT and DALL-E. In other words — OpenAI would be forced to share its secret sauce.

“If we can comply, we will, and if we can’t, we’ll cease operating… We will try. But there are technical limits to what’s possible.”

It gets even more prickly.

OpenAI would also need to disclose any copyrighted materials used for training data. And we’ve already gotten a glimpse of how that might go — Getty Images filed a suit against Stability AI in February for intellectual property infringement.

Since ChatGPT and DALL-E were both trained on large amounts of data scraped from the web without permission, it would expose OpenAI to a ton of lawsuits.


Altman later extended an olive branch to smooth things over:

Oh, but wait — there’s more.

Alphabet is voluntarily collaborating with EU lawmakers on their own AI pact ahead of the EU AI Act.

Take: OpenAI is no different from other corporate giants. Pushing for regulation was a way of pulling the ladder behind them... until the EU started drafting up their own regulations. Also: Altman apparently has zero equity in OpenAI. Shouldn’t he be more ok with immediate regulation if he’s not after profit?

Counter-take: Altman proposed that regulation should apply to future, more powerful AI systems. By contrast, the EU AI Act is focused on regulating AI as it stands today.

One more thing: the ChatGPT app just crossed 500k downloads and is now available in 12 countries.



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Until next time 🤖😋🧠