Experts Call for Pause in AI Development, Citing Risks to Society
More than a thousand artificial intelligence experts, industry executives, and researchers including Elon Musk, co-founder of OpenAI, have signed an open letter urging for a six-month pause in developing systems more powerful than OpenAI's newly launched GPT-4. The letter highlights potential risks to society and calls for the development of powerful AI systems to be delayed until there is confidence that their effects will be positive and their risks manageable.
What is AI?
Artificial intelligence, or AI, refers to the development of computer systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and language translation. AI is already being used in a variety of fields, including healthcare, finance, transportation, and education.
The Risks of AI
The experts who signed the open letter believe that AI poses significant risks to society, from the potential misuse of AI in phishing attempts, disinformation, and cybercrime to the development of nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete, and replace humans. They argue that powerful AI systems should only be developed once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks manageable.
The Need for a Pause in AI Development
The letter issued by the Future of Life Institute calls for a six-month pause in developing systems more powerful than OpenAI's newly launched GPT-4 until shared safety protocols are developed by independent experts. The letter also urges developers to work with policymakers on governance to ensure that the development of AI serves the public interest.
The Importance of Responsible AI Development
While AI has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our lives, it is important that its development is responsible and takes into account the potential risks to society. As Gary Marcus, a professor at New York University, stated: "The big players are becoming increasingly secretive about what they are doing, which makes it hard for society to defend against whatever harms may materialize."
It is important that AI developers and policymakers work together to ensure that the development of AI is responsible and serves the public interest.