Nvidia CEO says AI will need regulation, social norms
Huang is one of the most prominent figures in artificial intelligence because Nvidia’s chips are widely used in the field, including in a supercomputer that Microsoft Corp. built for startup OpenAI, in which Microsoft said Monday it was make a multi-billion dollar investment.
Huang was speaking at an event in Stockholm, where officials said on Tuesday they were upgrading Sweden’s fastest supercomputer using tools from Nvidia to, among other things, develop what is known as a language model great that he will be fluent in Swedish.
“Remember, if you take a step back and think about all the things in life that are either convenient, enabling or wonderful for society, it probably also has some potential harm,” Huang said.
Lawmakers such as Ted Lieu, Democrat from California in the US House of Representatives, have called for the creation of a US federal agency to regulate AI. In an opinion piece in the New York Times on Monday, Lieu argued that systems like facial recognition used by law enforcement agencies could possibly misidentify innocent people from minority groups.
Huang said that engineering standards bodies would need to set standards for building safe AI systems, similar to how medical bodies set rules for the safe practice of medicine. But he also said that laws and social norms will play a major role for AI.
“What is the social norm for its use? What are the legal norms (are) for its use should be developed,” said Huang. “Everything is evolving right now. The fact that we’re all talking about it puts us in a much better place to eventually end up in a good place.”
(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm; Writing by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Stephen Coates)
By Supantha Mukherjee