An Australian Man May Bring The First Lawsuit Against Artificial Intelligence


Emily Meneses

Recently, Brian Hood, Mayor of Hepburn Shire Council, Australia, is probing a lawsuit against a research laboratory that created Open AI, an artificial intelligence program opened to the public in 2015. OpenAI uses the internet to answer questions using AI and generated a comment about Hood, stating that he was involved in a 2011 bribery scandal in Australia’s reserve bank.

OpenAI, when prompted, says that “The whistleblower in the 2011 bribery scandal at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) was Brian Hood, who was a former agent for Securency International, a joint venture between the RBA-owned Note Printing Australia and a British company.”

OpenAI, otherwise known as ChatGPT, stated that Hood took part in this scheme; although no records show he was involved in this incident. Hood, having not been charged yet, said that he was the one who revealed this incident to the public. In order to prove that he’s no criminal, Hood, accompanied by his legal team, sent a letter to OpenAI, giving them 28 days to fix this error in their AI, or a lawsuit will follow. OpenAI responded by saying that ChatGPT “may occasionally generate incorrect information.” Hood’s response is that, “Even a disclaimer to say we might get a few things wrong — there’s a massive difference between that and concocting this sort of really harmful material that has no basis whatsoever.”

It has been widely reported that ChatGTP avoids the mistakes of its processors in this new version they are undergoing. Gizmodo, a website, said that he tested the AI back and forth about Hood to see if it would generate the same lie about the bribery in 2011, but instead had completely altered it, stating “the AI seems to now understand that Hood was the good guy in the scandal.” With Hood’s legal team reporting that OpenAI hasn’t responded yet to the letter they sent out, time will tell if the first lawsuit against AI will happen soon.