Tech leaders call for a pause in the AI race

Hundreds of global experts call for an end to artificial intelligence testing "out of control."

Some of the biggest names in technology are calling on artificial intelligence (AI) labs to stop training the most powerful AI systems for at least six months, citing "profound risks to society and humanity."

Elon Musk was among dozens of tech leaders, professors and researchers who signed the letter, published by Future of Life Institute, a nonprofit backed by Musk.

The letter comes just two weeks after OpenAI announced GPT-4, an even more powerful version of the technology behind AI's viral chatbot tool, ChatGPT. In initial testing and in a company demonstration, the technology was demonstrated by building apps, passing standardized tests, and creating a functional website from a hand-drawn sketch.

"Advanced AI could represent a profound change in the history of life on Earth and must be planned and managed with appropriate care and resources," the letter states.

The director of Open AI, which designed ChatGPT, Sam Altman, admitted that he was "a little worried" that his creation would be used for "large-scale disinformation or cyberattacks." "The business needs time to adapt," he said.

"Unfortunately, this level of planning and management is not happening, even though in recent months AI labs have been engaged in a frantic race to develop and deploy increasingly powerful digital minds that no one, not even their creators, can comprehend with certainty. predict or control."


"Should we let machines flood our information channels with propaganda and lies? Should we automate all jobs, including those that are rewarding? (...) Should we risk losing control of our civilization? Shouldn't these decisions be delegated to elected leaders, not technologists?"

The more than 1000,<> people who signed the letter included Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, members of Google's DeepMind AI lab, Stability AI director Emad Mostaque, as well as American AI experts, academics and executive engineers from Microsoft, an OpenAI partner company.

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