Government Is Now Relying On ChatGPT To Operate?
The government in Yokosuka City, Japan located in the Kanagawa prefecture, announced this week on its website that its employees will begin utilizing ChatGPT to improve efficiency and workflow.
People have always said government officials are useless and that they couldn’t make a good decision if it fell out of the sky and landed on their heads. Now one city government has green-lighted its employees to be able to use ChatGPT for assistance with any administrative tasks they are completing. Since ChatGPt launched five months ago, it has proven its ability to generate student essays that grade well with teachers, write wedding vows for couples that might not be the best at communicating their thoughts, and help pastors and rabbis deliver impassionate sermons.
The government in Yokosuka City, Japan located in the Kanagawa prefecture, announced this week on its website that its employees will begin utilizing ChatGPT to improve efficiency and workflow. According to CNN, “A news release on the municipal government’s website said all employees could use the chatbot to “summarize sentences, check spelling errors, and create ideas.” This has given some people a pause for concern about allowing such a new technology to directly impact society and the governing of its citizens.
This certainly reads like the catalyst to a sci-fi novel that then chronicles humanity being brought to the brink of extinction before miraculously saving itself from its bad decisions. When the website’s description of its potential utilization says, “create ideas,” what does that mean and what types of ideas is it going to be coming up with? Hopefully, it doesn’t come up with the idea that it should be holding the launch codes for the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. I am not surprised many other governments are not on board with diving right into having ChatGPT get its own corner office and standard government salary with benefits.
Criticisms that some companies have brought up focus on data privacy concerns about what the parent company is doing with all the information fed into the system. Italian regulators have issued a ban on citizens using ChatGPT until they have had ample time to investigate how its parent company is using the data it gathers.
Even big American companies like JP Morgan Chase have decided to outlaw the use of the AI chatbot due to concerns about how its use might violate compliance regulations regarding the use of third-party software. This is something that is concerning when you are downloading outside software to a company’s internal operations network. It could trigger a significant worldwide disaster, especially when we are talking about financial institutions and their companies’ data on their customers and accounts. Banking information is one of the most sought-after jewels that the criminal underground would love to exploit through potential software vulnerabilities with ChatGPT. It would be like finding a Willie Wonka golden ticket.
Japan’s population is rapidly aging, and the younger generations have foregone procreating at a pace that would ensure that the population would grow or maintain current levels. Yokosuka’s population of 376,171 is no exception as it continues to shrink as more and more of the elderly pass away. However, a city like Yokosuka is looking at the benefits of assisting its administrative needs, brought on by Japan’s well-known nationwide population crisis.
This is the main driver behind the need to get the city’s administrative work done more efficiently because there aren’t enough people to do the job daily. We can watch from our side of the planet to observe what the results of this decision are for the citizens of Yokosuka City. That way, if it goes horribly wrong, we can avoid going down the same path.