“Danger to humanity”… Celebrities like Musk call for a temporary halt to AI development

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Major entrepreneurs and artificial intelligence (AI) experts, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, have demanded that development be suspended, concerned about the impact AI technology will have on the world.

According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and CNBC on the 29th (local time), the non-profit organization’Future of Life Institute (FLI)’ released a letter signed by AI experts and entrepreneurs, including Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Former U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Stability AI CEO Emad Mostark also signed.

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In the letter, they urged that training of models more powerful than the latest version, GPT-4, developed by US startup OpenAI should be stopped.

“Current AI systems are competing with humans for common tasks and we have to ask ourselves. Should we let machines fill our information channels with propaganda and lies? Should we automate everything? Should we risk losing control of our civilization?”

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“Decisions like these should not be delegated to unelected technology leaders.”

FLI is a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that campaigns for the responsible and ethical development of AI.

FLI said it urged all AI laboratories to “immediately stop training AI systems more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months.”

With the advent of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, the competition to develop generative AI services is intensifying. OpenAI’s GPT-4 model, released earlier this month, appears to be a significant improvement over the previous GPT-3 model.

However, AI ethicists are concerned about things like plagiarism and misinformation.

In the FLI letter, experts warned that AI systems with intelligence competing with humans pose “a serious danger to society and to humanity.”

“AI research and development must refocus on making today’s powerful, state-of-the-art systems more accurate, secure, transparent and trustworthy.”

Source: Donga

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