OpenAI and Pentagon collaborate on cybersecurity tools

The collaboration marks a pivot from the company’s prior prohibition on use of AI for ‘military and warfare’ purposes.

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OpenAI has embarked on collaborative initiatives with the Pentagon, marking a significant shift from its earlier stance of refraining from providing AI to military entities. The company, known for its breakthroughs in natural language processing, is actively engaged with the US Department of Defense on developing open-source cybersecurity software.

In an interview at Bloomberg House during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Anna Makanju, OpenAI’s Vice President of Global Affairs, revealed that the company is working closely with the US government on innovative tools aimed at addressing cybersecurity challenges. The collaboration extends beyond conventional military applications, as OpenAI has entered into discussions with the government regarding potential strategies to combat veteran suicide.

Notably, OpenAI recently revised its terms of service, eliminating the previous prohibition on use of AI for ‘military and warfare’ purposes. Makanju clarified that this change is part of a broader policy update designed to adapt to the evolving landscape of ChatGPT’s applications. Despite this adjustment, OpenAI maintains strict prohibitions against the use of its technology in the development of weapons, property destruction, or harm to individuals.

Microsoft Corp., a major investor in OpenAI, has existing software contracts with various branches of the US armed forces.