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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calls for coordination to address AI risk

by NBC News

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is optimistic about the future of artificial intelligence, as long as tech companies, politicians, law enforcement and society at large can find some common ground on its limits.

“It is about global, societal convergence on certain norms,” Nadella said in an interview with ​​”NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt. “Especially when you have law and law enforcement and tech platforms that can come together, I think we can govern a lot more than we give ourselves credit for.”

Tune in to “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT for more on this story.

Speaking Friday in New York, Nadella touched on a wide variety of topics related to AI, including his own company’s challenges and the broader issue of AI-generated fake images. When asked about the recent spread of nonconsensual, sexually explicit deepfakes of Taylor Swift, Nadella called the situation “alarming and terrible.”

There’s a lot being done and a lot still yet to be done, he said, to place guardrails around this type of technology.

“We have to act,” Nadella said. “And quite frankly all of us in the tech platform, irrespective of what your standing on any particular issue is, I think we all benefit when the online world is a safe world.”

Nadella, who became CEO of the tech giant in 2014 and its chairman in 2021, has overseen a return to Microsoft’s former glory days. Once best known for selling software, it has transitioned into a cloud computing and business services giant, competing with Apple for the title of the world’s most valuable public company.

Microsoft has also invested heavily in AI. In January, it announced a “multiyear, multibillion dollar investment” in OpenAI, which created ChatGPT and has been a leader in generative AI that can take simple text prompts and create various types of media. That deal prompted an antitrust probe by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and has drawn similar scrutiny from…

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