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During AI hearing, GOP Rep. Mace delivers opening statement written by ChatGPT

"For those who think that the advances in AI won't impact them, think again," she warned.

Published: March 8, 2023 6:57pm

Updated: March 8, 2023 7:31pm

South Carolina Republican Rep. Nancy Mace on Wednesday opened a congressional hearing on artificial intelligence by reading a statement written using ChatGPT.

That program is an AI language model that can generate written texts in response to user prompts.

"Thank you all for being here today, and welcome to this congressional hearing on artificial intelligence," Mace said. "As Chair of this committee, I recognize myself for five minutes to provide an opening statement on this important topic."

Rep. Mace highlighted the need for Congress to address the rapidly evolving industry and to consider its potential impact on society as a whole. She further highlighted several potential roles for the federal government in so doing.

At the end of her nearly 5-minute statement, Mace revealed to the committee that the program had written everything she said.

"Now, before I yield back, I'd like to note that everything I've said in this opening statement—every single word up until this sentence—was not my words, but generated in its entirety by ChatGPT, an Artificial Intelligence tool," she declared.

"For those who think that the advances in AI won’t impact them, think again," she warned.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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