Leaders in the artificial intelligence industry are concerned about the potential threats advanced AI systems pose to humanity. On Tuesday, several industry leaders such as OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, along with other scientists and prominent figures, signed a statement warning of the risks of AI.
The short, one-sentence statement was posted on the nonprofit Center for AI Safety’s website. “Reducing the risk of extinction from AI must be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” the statement said.
Almost every major tech company has released an AI chatbot or other generative AI tools in recent months, following the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Dall-E last year. Technology has begun to enter everyday life and can change everything from how you search for information on the web to how you create a fitness routine. The rapid rollout of AI tools has also prompted scientists and industry experts to raise concerns about the technology’s risks if development continues unregulated.
The statement is the latest in a series of recent warnings about potential threats from the advanced technology. Last week, Microsoft, an AI industry leader and investor in OpenAI, published a 40-page report saying that regulation of AI is necessary to prevent bad actors and potential risks. In March, Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and thousands of other tech industry figures signed an open letter demanding companies halt production of advanced AI projects for at least six months or until industry standards and protocols catch up .
“Should we risk losing control of our civilization? Such decisions should not be delegated to unelected technology leaders,” said the letter, which was published on March 22. and their risks will be manageable.”
Some critics have noted that the attention technology leaders pay to the future risks of technology fails to address current problems, such as The AI’s tendency to “hallucinate“, the unclear ways in which an AI chatbot arrives at an answer to a query, and concerns about data privacy and plagiarism. There’s also the potential for some of these tech leaders to ask for a shutdown of their competitors’ products so they have time to build their own AI product.
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