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Zuckerberg talks AI risks with Japan's PM during visit

TOKYO, February 29 ------ Meta Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg met Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a visit to Japan, discussing the risks of generative artificial intelligence (AI), a government spokesman said.

Zuckerberg is on a mini-tour of Asia that includes stops in India and South Korea, where he traveled on Tuesday night. The 39-year-old mixed business with pleasure while in Japan, going skiing with his family and learning about sword-making from a master craftsman.  

Zuckerberg and Kishida met on Tuesday and "discussed a broad range of topics, including the status of AI's technological advancement... [and] the risk surrounding generative AI," top Japanese government spokesman Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters on Wednesday. "I'm really excited for the work that is happening here in Japan," he said after the 30-minute meeting. Spearheaded by OpenAI's ChatGPT, generative AI is a technology that can conjure up text, images and audio from simple prompts in just seconds. Its rapid development has been heralded as potentially revolutionary for everything from video games to politics — but with negative, as well as positive consequences. 

Meta was one of 20 major technology firms, including OpenAI, to sign a pledge this month to crack down on AI content intended to deceive voters ahead of crucial elections around the world this year. Tech groups had previously agreed to use a common watermarking standard that would tag images generated by AI applications such as ChatGPT, Meta's Llama, Microsoft's Copilot and Google's Gemini.

LG, Samsung meetings

Zuckerberg arrived in Seoul on a private flight on Tuesday night for the second leg of his Asia trip and was expected to meet South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, local media reported. "We are coordinating with Meta to arrange a meeting," a spokesman for Yoon's office told AFP on Wednesday. Zuckerberg met William Cho, the CEO of consumer tech giant LG Electronics, to discuss extended-reality projects, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported. Meta is collaborating with LG to develop a premium headset that will compete with Apple's Vision Pro, the Korea Economic Daily reported. South Korean media said the Meta boss also plans to meet the head of Samsung Electronics, one of the world's biggest producers of smartphones and computer chips. Yonhap said Zuckerberg would also hold talks with XR startups at Meta's Seoul office. He will leave for India on Thursday, the agency added. Zuckerberg will attend the lavish March 1–3 pre-wedding celeb0rations of the son of Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Indian oil-to-telecommunications giant Reliance, reports said.

Meta, Google and others have invested billions of dollars in Reliance's digital unit Jio Platforms, as it seeks to take on Amazon and Walmart in India's vast electronic commerce market.



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