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Amazon Bans Employees from Using AI Tools

Mon 26 Feb 2024 | 08:12 PM
Israa Farhan

Amazon has recently issued a cautionary notice to its employees, advising against the use of third-party generative AI tools such as ChatGPT for work-related activities.

This advisory comes in the wake of several internal memos obtained by Business Insider, revealing the company's stance on this matter.

Amazon has recently issued guidelines to its workforce, discouraging the utilization of third-party generative artificial intelligence tools, such as ChatGPT, for tasks related to their employment.

This directive follows the unveiling of internal communications that shed light on the corporation's perspective on this issue.

Further details from Amazon's policy on the use and interaction with third-party AI highlight potential risks associated with such tools.

According to the policy, companies providing generative AI services may assert ownership or licensing rights over any content entered by employees.

This encompasses a wide array of outputs, including emails, internal documents, and pre-launch materials, which may be accessed, reviewed, and distributed by the generative AI's owners.

Amazon's cautious approach aligns with similar measures taken by other tech giants like Samsung and Apple, which have also restricted the use of generative AI tools internally.

Notably, these restrictions are partly driven by intellectual property concerns, particularly in light of Microsoft's significant investment in OpenAI, the company behind tools like ChatGPT.

Microsoft's involvement raises the possibility of the company claiming rights over the outcomes generated by such models.

Even Microsoft, despite its investment in OpenAI, temporarily revoked its employees' access to internal generative AI tools, highlighting the complex dynamics and concerns surrounding the use of external AI tools within corporate settings.

Amazon spokesperson Adam Montgomery confirmed that the company has long been developing generative AI and large-scale machine learning models, with employees using these technologies daily.

However, the company has implemented safeguards to ensure compliance with policies governing confidential information and security.

Amazon's cautionary notice emphasizes the company's commitment to data protection and maintaining control over proprietary information in an era of rapidly advancing AI technologies.