Uh-oh! Brazilian city lawmakers inadvertently passed a piece written by ChatGPT. Associated Press reports.
The legislation was passed in October in the southern city of Porto Alegre and this week city council member Ramiro Rosário revealed it was written using the chatbot. According to AP, Rosário asked ChatGPT to write a proposal to ensure taxpayers don’t have to pay to replace water consumption meters. He read the proposal out loud to the 35 other members of his city council without revealing its origin.
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“It would be unfair to the population to run the risk of the project not being approved simply because it was written by artificial intelligence,” Rosário told AP. He thought if he’d told the group about ChatGPT writing the legislation, it wouldn’t have a chance of being voted upon.
It’s not the first time a chatbot has been involved in legislation. In the United States, Massachusetts state senator Barry Finegold used ChatGPT ironically to help him write his bill. The bill requires companies who use AI chatbots implement risk assessments and safety measures so that the government can understand their algorithms.
ChatGPT being used to write legislation makes the use of a chatbot in government a questionable practice. Government regulations regarding the chatbot are therefore urgently needed.