(TotalConservative.com) – A bunch of tech leaders, including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, released an open letter urging AI labs to put a hold on developing their AI systems.
Citing potential risks to society, the letter urges developers of AI technology to “immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4,” arguing that independent overseers need to develop safety protocols to guide AI systems and keep them in check.
GPT-4, which was developed by OpenAI, is the latest deep learning AI model. According to the lab, it “exhibits human-level performance on various professional and academic benchmarks.” Many who criticize AI do so out of fear that it will put a substantial amount of people out of work in a wide array of fields.
The letter, titled “Autonomous Weapons Open Letter: AI & Robotics Researchers” and issued by the Future of Life Institute, was signed by over 1,000 people. It says that these powerful systems should only be developed “once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable.” Two of the signatories are Tesla founder Elon Musk and the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak.
According to the letter’s warning regarding the AI arms race, understanding, predicting, or reliably controlling the powerful new AI tools developed by these labs is impossible, citing risks posed by propaganda and misinformation being spread by articles generated using AI as well as the possibility that AI programs may be able to outperform human workers making jobs obsolete.
The letter states that the proposed pause in development by AI labs and independent experts should be used “to jointly develop and implement a set of shared safety protocols for advanced AI design and development that are rigorously audited and overseen by independent outside experts.”
The tech leaders also proposed that developers “work with policymakers” to develop and establish “robust AI governance systems.”
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