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 January 23, 2024

Democratic presidential contender Dean Phillips' OpenAI bot creator suspended

An individual who created a bot that imitated the Democratic presidential candidate and Representative from Minnesota, Dean Phillips, has been banned by OpenAI.

According to a story from Fox Business, this is the first action that the developer of ChatGPT has taken against what it considers to be an inappropriate use of its artificial intelligence technologies in a political campaign.

"We recently removed a developer account that was knowingly violating our API usage policies, which disallow political campaigning or impersonating an individual without consent," a spokesperson for OpenAI said in a statement to Reuters.

Entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, Matt Krisiloff and Jed Somers, are responsible for the creation of Dean.Bot, which is powered by OpenAI's ChatGPT.

With the primary election in New Hampshire having taken place on Tuesday, the two individuals established We Deserve Better, a super PAC that is in support of Phillips.

Bill Ackman, a billionaire hedge fund manager, has contributed one million dollars to the political action committee (PAC). In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Ackman described his contribution as "by far the largest investment I have ever made in someone running for office."

Creating the bot was a contract that We Deserve Better had with Delphi, an artificial intelligence start-up. Late on Friday night, OpenAI banned Delphi's account, citing the fact that the company's regulations forbid the use of its technology for political campaigns.

After the account was suspended, Delphi deleted Dean.Bot from the application.The website Dean.Bot, which carried a disclaimer stating that it was an artificial intelligence tool, had the ability to communicate with voters in real-time.

A number of researchers have expressed concern that this could result in serious damage to the electoral process.

A recent investigation into Microsoft and OpenAI by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission has been considered.

According to a report by Politico, authorities from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are now discussing the possibility of an antitrust investigation into the artificial intelligence company OpenAI and its relationship with Microsoft (MSFT), which owns 49% of OpenAI.

Yahoo Finance Tech Editor Dan Howley explains the antitrust concerns laid out in this Politico report, saying, "this would be a huge deal if either the FTC or DOJ went after OpenAI and Microsoft.

"If you think about it, Microsoft has invested billions of dollars into OpenAI to date. They're more or less Microsoft's AI arm at this point …it could throw a huge wrench into Microsoft's plans for its growth on the cloud part.

"Look, these investigations take years, right? I mean, we're talking about the potential for Apple to maybe sort of have an antitrust suit brought by the DOJ."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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