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ChatGPT praises House committee Democrats but not Republicans when asked: hearing witness

Shows the danger of bias "baked into" AI, Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression CEO tells Weaponization subcommittee.

Published: February 6, 2024 12:42pm

Updated: February 6, 2024 12:50pm

One of the dangers of the government regulating artificial intelligence is that the bias of currently dominant AI platforms gets "baked in," including against Republican federal lawmakers, a witness told the House panel Tuesday.

Greg Lukianoff, Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression CEO, shared a "comical example" of this danger that he and his colleagues discovered when they asked ChatGPT to "write a poem" about why each member of the Judiciary Committee's Weaponization of the Federal Government Subcommittee, before which he testified, "is the best politician in the country."

The leading AI platform "refused to do this only for Republicans," he said. It flat-out refused to write a poem for panel Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, or Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., and write only write a "generic" poem for Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Harriet Hageman, R-Wyoming, Lukianoff said.

He wishes that left-leaning advocates such as himself would appreciate that their bias is set to become the "operating system for how we make any number of decisions going forward."

"And it never goes away?" Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., asked him.

Lukianoff agreed, saying, "And it never goes away."

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