The Chinese authorities plan to subject Chinese-developed tools based on artificial intelligence – such as ChatGPT – to a “safety inspection”. This is stated in a bill.
According to the text, “a security inspection must be requested from internet regulatory authorities before products using generative artificial intelligence can be made available to the public”.
The proposal reportedly aims to ensure “sound development and standard implementation of generative AI technology”. Furthermore, artificially generated content must “reflect fundamental socialist values and not contain content related to the subversion of state power”. For example, there should be no “terrorist or extremist propaganda”, “racial hatred”, or “other content that may disrupt the economic and social order”.
The proposal comes when many Chinese tech companies such as Baidu, Alibaba, JD.com, NetEase or ByteDance (the parent company of TikTok) have recently stated in recent weeks that they are working on their own conversational robot model to benefit from the success of the American pioneer ChatGPT. In addition, China itself announced an ambitious plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030.