AI’s Not-So-Secret Weapon? Lobbyists Empower the Industry!

TLDR: Lobbying efforts by the AI industry increased by 185% in 2023, according to a report from CNBC. The analysis revealed that companies such as OpenAI, Nvidia, Tesla, and TikTok owner ByteDance were among those attempting to influence congressional decisions. Recent reports have revealed the various ways in which AI lobbyists have sought to shape regulations to benefit their clients, contradicting claims from industry figures that they support government regulation. Also, noted in the article are a handful of AI advancements, including pornographic deepfakes of Taylor Swift going viral on Elon Musk’s platform X, Elon Musk announcing that Neuralink has implanted its chip into a human for the first time, and OpenAI’s recent claim that its ChatGPT poses only a slight risk of being used to create a bioweapon.