Meta chief discusses AI risks with Japan PM

TOKYO  -   Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg met with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida while on a visit to Japan, with reports saying they discussed the risks of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). “We had a good, productive conversation about AI and the future of technology,” local media quoted Zuckerberg as saying after the 30-minute meeting on Wednesday. “I’m really excited for the work that is happening here in Japan,” the Facebook founder said after the talks, which reportedly included Joel Kaplan, Meta’s vice president of global public policy. Spearheaded by OpenAI’s ChatGPT, generative artificial intelligence is a technology that can conjure up text, images and audio in just seconds from simple prompts. Its rapid development has been heralded as potentially revolutionary for everything from video games to politics -- but with negative as well as positive consequences. This month, Meta was one of 20 major tech firms including OpenAI to sign a pledge to crack down on AI content intended to deceive voters ahead of crucial elections around the world this year. Tech groups had previously agreed to use a common watermarking standard that would tag images generated by AI applications such as ChatGPT, Meta’s Llama, Microsoft’s Copilot and Google’s Gemini. Zuckerberg, 39, has been in Japan for several days mixing business with pleasure, including skiing with his family, training with a Japanese sword master and eating at McDonald’s.

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