Samsung Puts the Brakes on ChatGPT Usage, Fearing Leaks
On Tuesday, global technology giant Samsung sent a memo to employees, which must have felt like a bolt from the blue, announcing a ban on the wildly popular AI chatbot, ChatGPT. Samsung’s concern? Employees might inadvertently feed ChatGPT sensitive corporate information that could be as delicious to competitors as a slice of homemade pumpkin pie.
According to Bloomberg, Samsung’s memo emphasized the risks of using AI platforms like ChatGPT, Google Bard, and Bing, as they store data on external servers. Retrieving or deleting this data might be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack, and there’s always the risk of it being disclosed to others.
“We ask that you diligently adhere to our security guideline, and failure to do so may result in a breach or compromise of company information resulting in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment,” Samsung said, in a tone reminiscent of a stern school principal.
Like a mother bear protecting her cubs, Samsung guards its intellectual property, including hardware and software designs and product release roadmaps. While it’s unclear whether Samsung-specific information could be retrieved from the Large Language Models used by generative AI tools, even abstracted information could be exploited by competitors, like a treasure map leading right to Samsung’s secret stash.
OpenAI Boosts Privacy with a Superhero-Like Ability to Delete Chat History
OpenAI has acknowledged users’ concerns about their chat history being saved and used to train future AI models. As a result, they’ve rolled out new features, which let users protect their ChatGPT chat history like a superhero hiding their secret identity:
ChatGPT users can now turn off chat history, allowing you to choose which conversations can be used to train our models:
— OpenAI (@OpenAI) April 25, 2023
Samsung now joins the ranks of companies like Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Verizon, which have limited or banned employees from using third-party AI tools on company computers and mobile devices. It’s like a secret club of AI-wary corporations.
Despite hitting the pause button on third-party AI, Samsung is moving ahead with its plans for integrating artificial intelligence into its semiconductor products, like a master chef adding new flavors to an already delicious dish.
OpenAI’s ChatGPT took the internet by storm after the launch of GPT-4 in March. Days after the program hit the web, a group of prominent technologists, researchers, and influencers, including Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and Andrew Yang, called on OpenAI to hit the pause button on training the next version of its artificial intelligence tool, ChatGPT. It’s like a group of concerned parents asking for a time-out.
Samsung Reviews Security Measures for Safe AI Use
While Samsung restricts the use of generative AI, it is reviewing security measures to enable safe AI use for productivity, like a cautious parent setting ground rules for their child’s internet usage.
But, if you’re curious about what Samsung’s product roadmap may look like, you’d be better off looking at the official Samsung website. No chatbot can spoil the surprise for you.
Samsung has not yet responded to any request for comment, leaving us all in suspense.
As the fast growth of AI continues, some people are fearful that it could become too dangerous to continue building. They believe that AI could be detrimental to the ongoing security and livelihood of the human race, like a sci-fi movie gone wrong. In the meantime, ChatGPT’s planned GPT-5 upgrade has been delayed or shelved altogether, leaving us to wonder what the future holds for AI advancements.