The meteoric ascent of generative artificial intelligence has created a bonafide technology sensation thanks to user-focused products such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Dall-E and Lensa. But the boom in user-friendly AI has arrived in conjunction with users seemingly ignoring or being left in the dark about the privacy risks imposed by these projects.
In the midst of all this hype, however, international governments and major tech figures are starting to sound the alarm. Citing privacy and security concerns, Italy just placed a temporary ban on ChatGPT, potentially inspiring a similar block in Germany. In the private sector, hundreds of AI researchers and tech leaders, including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, signed an open letter urging a six-month moratorium on AI development beyond the scope of GPT-4.
Ryan Paterson is the president of Unplugged. Prior to taking the reins at Unplugged, he served as the founder, president and CEO of IST Research from 2008 to 2020. He exited IST Research with a sale of the company in September 2020. He served two tours at the Defense Advanced Research Agency and 12 years in the United States Marine Corps.
Erik Prince is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and Navy SEAL veteran with business interests in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America. He served as the founder and chairman of Frontier Resource Group and as the founder of Blackwater USA — a provider of global security, training and logistics solutions to the U.S. government and other entities — before selling the company in 2010.