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US Congress Bans Staff Use of Microsoft Copilot

Axios reports that the US House of Representatives has banned congressional staffers from using Microsoft Copilot on government-issued devices.

The ban was reportedly issued by the House’s Office of Cybersecurity, which cited concerns about the potential for Copilot to leak sensitive House data to non-House-approved cloud services.

Copilot is a generative AI assistant that is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model. It is designed to help developers write code by suggesting completions and generating new code snippets.

The ban on Copilot is the latest in a series of moves by the US government to regulate the use of AI. In January, the White House issued a memo directing federal agencies to develop plans for responsible AI development and use.

The memo also called for agencies to create AI ethics boards and to appoint AI leaders who will be responsible for ensuring that AI is used in a responsible and ethical manner.

The ban on Copilot is a sign that the US government is taking a cautious approach to the use of AI. It is also a sign that the government is concerned about the potential for AI to be used for malicious purposes.

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