In China, the government has applied its “golden shield” of cyber protection, its “Golden Shield” in the idea that the new North American AI instrument, ChatGPT, is blocked, for the regulatory authorities, the developments of Artificial Intelligence (IA), in that country they are not a cause for enthusiasm and, in fact, technology companies are not allowed to offer access to tools like ChatGPT by government mandate, this for fear of “uncensored answers” on politically sensitive topics.
China’s largest tech giants, Tencent Holdings and Ant Group, have been instructed not to allow access to OpenAI services through their platforms directly or through third parties.
ChatGPT or DALL-E, among other OpenAI tools, are not officially available in China, some users have managed to access them through a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
The “China Daily”, the official state media outlet, made a post on Weibo (a government-censored version of Twitter) that the OpenAI chatbot “could help the US government in its own geopolitical interests.” ”.
There is a lot of talk about the Chinese government’s heavy hand on particularly American technology platforms and AI, but in many ways they seem to be more cautious than many governments that don’t even bother to analyze the flow of information from their citizens, who get these companies that own the AI, and the influence of these applications.
China had already decided to block foreign websites or apps. Between 2009 and 2010, it was in charge of preventing the use of social platforms and networks such as Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, while in 2018 and 2019 it banned Reddit and Wikipedia.
Regarding AI, in January it introduced the first regulation around deepfakes (artificially altered images or videos) to increase their control over the information they reproduce.
Just one question for reflection: why Mia Muratti, the creator of ChatGPT, has only 149 followers on her Instagram, and Chat GPT itself, when asked for her name, indicates that she has no information about her? Has she given few interviews and the videos of her on YouTube do not exist? Maybe we should follow her example, and keep a low profile on social media and be more cautious and not so enthusiastic about using all the new AI stuff.
We are not aware of the ethical implications of this new application of AI, the very mastermind behind CHATGPT states it, “AI can be misused, for no good purposes”, and although she informs us that AI is in a stage of seeing and learning from life as human beings see it, nobody tells us the ethical implications that the massive use of this type of machine will have, nor if AI is really learning from human values.