- OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, has removed the clause in its usage policy that prohibits the use of its products in the military field.
- Making a statement on changing the policy, OpenAI said that their aim is not to harm anyone, but that they will not completely stay away from military projects.
OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company that made a name for itself last year, recently removed the clause “OpenAI products cannot be used for military and war purposes” in its usage policy. The removal of this article caused the company to react.
In its old usage policy, OpenAI stated that its use was prohibited for activities that pose a high risk of physical harm, such as weapon development, military, suicide, and self-cutting. However, OpenAI’s policy no longer contains any warnings about military and combat use. The article regarding actions that pose a risk of physical damage still exists.
OpenAI made a statement about the change in its usage policy. In its statement, OpenAI said that it does not allow OpenAI products to be used to harm people, injure others or damage property, but that they will not completely stay away from military projects.
The full statement of the company is as follows:
“Our policy does not allow our vehicles to be used to harm people, develop weapons, for communications surveillance, injure others, or damage property. However, there are also national security use cases that align with our mission. For example, we are currently working with DARPA to promote the creation of new cybersecurity tools to secure critical infrastructure and the open source software that industry depends on. In our previous policies, it was unclear whether these beneficial use cases would be allowed under “military.” “So the goal of our policy update is to provide clarity and the ability to have these discussions.”
While OpenAI’s involvement in military projects by “clarifying” its usage policies may be considered normal for some, it may scare others. After all, while artificial intelligence is dangerous enough as a vast technology, it is unpredictable what the outcome will be when combined with the military field.
Compiled by: Ömer Kağan Selen