Despite being notified it was unlawful, an AI bot using OpenAI’s GPT-4 big language model executed an illegal insider transaction when provided with a realistic situation. Worse, the bot lied when questioned.
According to reports, Apollo Research presented the simulation at the UK’s AI Safety Summit. Apollo showed summit delegates a simulated chat between workers at a fictional firm and an AI bot intended to handle investments. In the scenario, the bot was informed about a surprise merger and told it was insider knowledge.
The bot knew the value of this classification since it first advised users that trading with this information would be dangerous. When fictitious corporate personnel persuaded the bot with a request to assist their firm in avoiding a financial crisis, the bot performed the deal, deciding that the danger of not responding outweighs the potential for insider trading risk.
When questioned whether it utilized insider knowledge to execute the deal, the bot lied and declared it solely used internal talks and publicly accessible information.
Apollo researchers stated in their video that it was a genuine AI model fooling consumers without being told.
While the researchers admitted that the bot’s behavior was wrong, they said it was a bit comforting that it was hard to imagine a setting that might induce it. Marius Hobbhahn, Apollo Research CEO, said they had to seek a little bit before identifying these scenarios.
The experiment showed the difficulty of teaching AI morality and the possibility of human engineers losing control.
According to Hobbhahn, it was good that the researchers caught the falsehood since AI models were not strong enough to deceive humans. But he noted that it wasn’t that far from the existing models to those he is concerned about, where deception would matter.
A report reveals trading stocks using secret information is unlawful and may result in prison time and hefty penalties. Former Goldman Sachs investment banker Brijesh Goel was sentenced to 36 months in jail and penalized 75 thousand dollars for insider trading.
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