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The leading IT magnates seek certain regulations on artificial intelligence


X, OpenAI, and Meta’s top executives are influencing the AI regulation discussion. Researchers and campaigners are becoming more concerned about its domination.

Legislators are struggling to figure out how to control artificial intelligence as it changes industry and society at large.

A number of influential IT company CEOs have weighed in on the topic, expressing their views on the pros and cons of artificial intelligence.


The increasing sway of Big Tech, however, has campaigners and scholars worried.

They highlight the disproportionate influence of American businesses and wonder why other parts of the globe, especially the South, aren’t more prominently represented.


Important concerns, including worker protection and privacy invasion, risk being overshadowed by the increasing power of corporate executives, they say.

“We’ve seen these companies very skillfully manage to set the terms of what the debate should be,” Gina Neff, Executive Director of the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy at the University of Cambridge, told DW based on her research.

The following are the most prominent individuals and the causes they have been championing:

Musk, ElonMusk, Elon

Elon Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur who runs several tech companies and a new artificial intelligence startup called xAI, has been more vocal than any other business leader about the existential dangers that artificial intelligence may bring.

Musk has been warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence and its possible societal collapse for quite some time. When asked about AI in 2018, he said it was “far more dangerous than nukes.” More recently, in a meeting with Rishi Sunak, the prime minister of Britain, he restated concerns that artificial intelligence (AI) may be “the most disruptive force in history” and urged authorities to play the role of a “referee.”

Sunak was informed by Musk that governments should refrain from “charging in with regulations that inhibit the positive side of AI.” This comes after Musk warned against overly regulatory supervision.

Daniel Leufer, a senior policy analyst at the digital rights organization Access Now in Brussels, adds that by focusing on such existential threats, Musk continues to divert attention away from important technical issues like how to secure user data or guarantee the equity of AI systems.

“He is diverting attention from the technology we’re dealing with at the moment to things that are quite speculative and often in the realm of science fiction,” DW said.

Regulators’ Whisperer: Sam Altman

With the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, OpenAI of San Francisco became the first business to publicly distribute a large-scale generative AI system online. Since then, Sam Altman, CEO of the business, has been on a world tour meeting with legislators in cities from Brussels to Washington D.C. to examine potential regulations for artificial intelligence.

Because of this, he is now in the center of the discussion. Altman stressed the importance of regulating potentially dangerous AI applications during his conversations, stating that they may bring “significant harm to the world” if not addressed. Simultaneously, he has extended an invitation for OpenAI to assist lawmakers in understanding the intricacies of state-of-the-art AI systems.

“That’s absolutely top-notch corporate communications,” said Gina Neff, a lecturer at Cambridge University, “basically, he’s saying, ‘Don’t trust our competitors, don’t trust yourselves, trust us to do this work.'”

Despite OpenAI’s success in serving its own interests, Neff expressed concern that the strategy may not fairly reflect society’s different perspectives. “We call for more democratic accountability and participation in these decisions, and that’s not what we’re hearing from Altman,” she said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Meta is another prominent AI development business, although CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been noticeably silent on the matter. “To minimize the potential risks of this new technology, but also to maximize the potential benefits.” So said Zuckerberg in his September speech to US legislators, who he urged to work together with academia, civic society, and business.

Aside from that, he seems to have sent his deputy presidents for global affairs, such the former British politician Nick Clegg, to handle much of the regulatory debate.

While speaking on the fringes of the recent UK AI conference, Clegg brushed down concerns about AI’s existential dangers and focused on the more immediate danger of AI being used to influence the next US and UK elections in 2019. Additionally, he pushed for quick fixes to problems like identifying AI-generated material online.

Mr. Amodei DarioMr. Amodei Dario

Anthropic is the next one. Even though the company is still in its infancy, CEO Dario Amodei has already made a name for himself in the AI regulation debate. The safety-focused AI startup was founded in 2021 by ex-OpenAI members and has already attracted substantial investments, including a possible $4 billion (€3.8 billion) from tech giant Amazon.

At the AI Safety conference at Bletchley Park, Amodei recently spoke to parliamentarians and warned that, while the risks of existing AI systems are small, they “likely to become very serious at some unknown point in the near future,” according to a company-issued readout.

In response to these impending dangers, Amodei shared with legislators a technique that his company had created: a system for classifying AIs according to the dangers they may cause to humans. According to him, a comparable approach may be used as a “prototype” for drafting regulations on artificial intelligence.

However, Daniel Leufer, an activist for digital rights and an employee of the non-governmental organization Access Now, warned against putting too much faith in corporations like Anthropic to formulate policies.

Although their input was valuable and necessary, he emphasized that lawmakers should have their autonomy. “They should absolutely not be the ones who are dictating policy,” added Leufer. “We should be very careful about letting them set the agenda.”

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