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China says chatbots must toe the party line

By Chang Che

27 Apr 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Faced with a growing number of homegrown chatbots, China's government has unveiled its red lines for AI. As the NYT reports, they showcase China’s “move fast and break things” approach to regulation.

Five months after ChatGPT set off an investment frenzy over artificial intelligence, Beijing is moving to rein in China’s chatbots, a show of the government’s resolve to keep tight regulatory control over technology that could define an era.

The Cyberspace Administration of China this month unveiled draft rules for so-called generative AI — the software systems, like the one behind ChatGPT, that can formulate text and pictures in response to a user’s questions and prompts.

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