OpenAI Bans Developer of AI Bot Impersonating Political Candidate for Misuse of ChatGPT
The artificial intelligence company OpenAI has banned the developer of a bot mimicking long shot Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dean Phillips, citing misuse of its AI tools in a political campaign.
Dean.Bot was developed by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Matt Krisiloff and Jed Somers to support Phillips ahead of the New Hampshire primary. The bot was powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT conversational software but was suspended by the company for violating its usage policies.
The super PAC, We Deserve Better, had contracted with AI start-up Delphi to build the bot. OpenAI suspended Delphi’s account in response to the misuse, noting that its rules ban the use of its technology in political campaigns.
“Anyone who builds with our tools must follow our usage policies,” said OpenAI spokeswoman Lindsey Held. “We recently removed a developer account that was knowingly violating our API usage policies which disallow political campaigning, or impersonating an individual without consent.”
Dean.Bot, an early use of AI technology, had the potential to cause significant harm to elections. While proponents argue that such bots can educate voters, experts caution that without proper disclaimers, they could enable mass robocalls and disinformation.
Krisiloff removed ChatGPT from the bot and replaced it with open source technology after The Washington Post questioned the bot’s compliance with OpenAI’s prohibitions. The bot was then taken down by Delphi in response to the suspension.
Krisiloff, a former chief of staff to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, emphasized that Altman has no involvement in the super PAC.
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