ChatGPT is now drafting legislation. Is this the future?
It is not unheard of for U.S. lawmakers to seek help from interest groups in drafting swaths of legislation, even though they may be the target of proposed regulations.
But in what may be the first time, the Massachusetts senator used Surging new tools Help write bills designed to limit it: ChatGPT, the AI chatbot.
State Senators on Friday. Barry Fingold (Four) Introducing legislation to set data privacy and security protections for the service and other similar services “drafted with the help of ChatGPT”.
The tool, which guides an AI language model to generate human-like query responses, “takes the internet by storm,” as my colleague puts it Pancho Verma and Rachel Leman wrote. “Humans ask it questions, and it sends back remarkably realistic, chatty, sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing and questionable answers,” they wrote.
Now, for better or worse, the tool is contributing to the democratic process.
fingold and chief of staff justin curtis While the chatbot initially rejected their request for a bill to regulate services such as ChatGPT, trial and error eventually resulted in a draft that the state senator described as “70 percent,” the company said in an interview.
“In terms of what the actual content of the prompt is, it definitely needs a little push and a little bit of specificity. You can’t just say, ‘draft a bill to regulate ChatGPT’…but if you think broadly, it can be more So much specificity,” Curtis said.
According to screenshots shared with The Technology 202, ChatGPT drafted a draft, which was then refined and formatted by Finegold’s office, outlining restrictions on discriminatory data use and plagiarism, and the company maintaining “reasonable security practices.” requirements.
While most of them were responses to specific queries, the tool did make some original contributions, Curtis said. “It actually generated some additional ideas, especially around de-identification, data security,” he said.
Finegold said they came up with the idea to highlight the power of the tool — and the need for rules around its use.
“It’s a very powerful technology right now. … We missed the opportunity for Facebook, and some other early [tech companies]we don’t have guardrails in place in place, and I think these companies actually need it,” Finegold said.
But he also believes the tool, while not perfect, could help elected officials conduct civil affairs. “I think it’s going to be able to speed up the speed at which we do things,” he said.
While the chatbot has made waves in the tech world, it has also increasingly come under scrutiny for some of its flaws, including reports of racial and gender bias seeping into its responses, as well as inaccurate and false reports.
Those issues could have knock-on effects if the tool is adopted by other lawmakers.
Daniel SchumanA policy director at the Demand Progress advocacy group argues that AI-powered tools such as ChatGPT have a place in the legislative process, from summarizing documents to comparing materials and bills — but not without significant human oversight.
“AI can also introduce significant biases, possibly from the data sets used to create it and the developers who created it, so humans must always be in the loop to ensure it is a labor-saving device and not a democratic alternative, ’ he said in an email.
Zach GravesThe executive director of the Lincoln Internet think tank said he does not expect to use ChatGPT frequently to draft bills. But it can help with other functions, such as communicating with voters or the media.
“In particular, this may include composing letters or first drafts of casework, improving the efficiency of regional offices and [legislative correspondents],” he said. “But it can also help with drafting dear colleagues letters, tweets, press releases, and other features. “
A bill is in the works, and its proponents say those discussions are just beginning.
“This legislation is just the first step in starting a conversation,” Finegold said.
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