Japan intends to lead a discussion on artificial intelligence and its risks at the Group of Seven ministerial meeting on digital issues the country will host at the end of the month, communications minister Takeaki Matsumoto said Friday.

The push comes as the AI revolution, including chatbots like ChatGPT, has brought with it a range of concerns, such as the unauthorized collection of personal data and its impact on learning environments.

The OpenAI logo is seen on a mobile phone in front of a computer screen displaying output from ChatGPT, on March 21, 2023. (AP/Kyodo)

Matsumoto stressed the importance of multilateral efforts in advancing and regulating AI, saying at a press conference that Japan "would like to lead the discussion so its analysis and verification can proceed under an international framework."

Last week, the Italian Data Protection Authority imposed a temporary ban on the use of ChatGPT over suspicions that its developer OpenAI illegally collects vast amounts of personal data.

Meanwhile, Japanese officials said Thursday the education ministry is aiming to formulate guidelines regarding the use of ChatGPT and other AI chatbots in schools by next March as concerns grow over their impact on students' writing and thinking skills.

"I am aware that the rapid advancement of AI and its growing use have raised issues such as its potential societal impact if abused and the collection of personal data," Matsumoto said.

At a separate press conference, Digital Minister Taro Kono said he hoped "the G7 would send out a unified message" on the topic.

The Digital and Tech Ministers' Meeting will be held in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, for two days from April 29.

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