Mark Zuckerberg meets Japanese PM to discuss risks of generative AI

Mark Zuckerberg

28th February 2024 – (Tokyo) Meta’s Chief, Mark Zuckerberg, held a meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his visit to Japan, where they reportedly engaged in discussions regarding the risks associated with generative artificial intelligence (AI).

Following the 30-minute meeting on Tuesday, local media quoted Zuckerberg as saying, “We had a good, productive conversation about AI and the future of technology.” Expressing his enthusiasm for the work being done in Japan, the Facebook founder added, “I’m really excited for the work that is happening here in Japan.” The talks also involved Joel Kaplan, Meta’s Vice President of Global Public Policy.

Generative AI, spearheaded by OpenAI’s ChatGPT, is a rapidly advancing technology capable of generating text, images, and audio within seconds based on simple prompts. Its potential for revolutionising various domains, from video games to politics, has been widely recognized, although it carries both positive and negative consequences.

In an effort to combat the negative impacts of AI on elections worldwide, Meta, along with 19 other major tech firms including OpenAI, recently pledged to crack down on AI-generated content intended to deceive voters. As part of this initiative, tech groups have agreed upon a common watermarking standard to tag images generated by AI applications like ChatGPT, Meta’s Llama, Microsoft’s Copilot, and Google’s Gemini.

During his stay in Japan, the 39-year-old Zuckerberg engaged in a mix of business and leisure activities. These included skiing with his family, training with a Japanese sword master, and enjoying a meal at McDonald’s. His itinerary also includes travel to South Korea, where he is scheduled to meet with President Yoon Suk-yeol and the leaders of tech giants Samsung and LG, according to local media reports.

Additionally, Zuckerberg will meet with the CEO of LG Electronics to discuss the development of a mixed-reality headset, aiming to compete with Apple’s Vision Pro, as reported by the Korea Economic Daily. Following his visit to South Korea, he is expected to attend the extravagant pre-wedding celebrations of Mukesh Ambani’s son, the chairman of Reliance, an oil-to-telecoms giant. Meta, Google, and other companies have invested billions of dollars in Reliance’s digital unit, Jio Platforms, as they strive to challenge Amazon and Walmart in India’s expansive e-commerce market.