OpenAI Put On Hold Following FTC Complaint

  • 30-03-2023 |
  • Oscar Jennings

OpenAI, a research lab founded by Elon Musk, has been put on hold following a complaint from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The complaint is in regard to the release of ChatGPT, a natural language processing (NLP) system. The complaint alleges that OpenAI violated the FTC Act and other laws. 

OpenAI had planned to release the ChatGPT system, an NLP system that was meant to generate human-like conversations. The system was designed to be used for applications such as customer service, voice assistants, and chatbots. However, the FTC's complaint alleged that the release of the system would cause "substantial consumer injury" and violate the FTC Act, as well as other federal and state laws. 

The FTC also alleged that OpenAI did not properly disclose the potential risks associated with the release of the system. They said that the company failed to adequately disclose the potential harms to consumers, including the potential for misuse of the system. The FTC further stated that they believe that OpenAI should have taken reasonable steps to protect consumers from the potential harm caused by the system. 

The FTC also noted that OpenAI had not provided any safeguards to prevent misuse of the system, such as requiring users to register before using the system or monitoring user interactions. Finally, the FTC alleged that OpenAI had not provided adequate training or education to its users on the potential risks associated with the system. 

In light of the FTC's complaint, OpenAI has been put on hold until the matter can be resolved. It is unclear what the outcome of the complaint will be, but it is clear that the FTC is taking the matter seriously. It remains to be seen whether OpenAI will be allowed to release the ChatGPT system or if the FTC will impose any sanctions against the company.