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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

OpenAI and Common Sense Media Unite for Safer AI

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OpenAI, the AI research lab, is joining forces with Common Sense Media, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting safe technology and media for children. The aim? To create AI guidelines and educational materials that will help parents, educators, and young adults navigate the world of AI with ease and confidence.

The partnership will see the two organisations working together to develop "family-friendly" GPTs (Generative Pretrained Transformers) - chatbot apps powered by OpenAI's GenAI models. These will be featured in the GPT Store, OpenAI's marketplace, and will meet Common Sense's rating and evaluation standards, according to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.

"AI offers incredible benefits for families and teens, and our partnership with Common Sense will further strengthen our safety work, ensuring that families and teens can use our tools with confidence," said Altman.

This collaboration follows OpenAI's commitment to participate in Common Sense's new framework for ratings and reviews. Launched in September, the framework aims to assess the safety, transparency, ethical use, and impact of AI products, providing a "nutrition label" for AI-powered apps.

James Steyer, co-founder and CEO of Common Sense, highlighted the need for such a partnership, pointing out that parents are generally less knowledgeable about GenAI tools than younger generations. The goal is to educate families and educators about safe, responsible use of tools like ChatGPT, OpenAI's viral AI-powered chatbot, to avoid any unintended consequences of this emerging technology.

OpenAI is under pressure from regulators to demonstrate that its GenAI-powered apps, including ChatGPT, are beneficial to society rather than harmful. This partnership with Common Sense Media is a significant step towards achieving this goal, offering a safer, more transparent AI experience for all.

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