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Tech leaders call for 6-month pause on development of advanced AI

By T.K. Randall
March 30, 2023 · Comment icon 42 comments
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More than 1,000 industry leaders and experts have called for a 6-month pause to assess the risks to humanity.
For years, many prominent figures in the tech industry, including Elon Musk and the late Prof Stephen Hawking, have warned us about the dangers posed by artificial intelligence once it matches or exceeds the intellectual capabilities of its creators.

Recently, we've seen a considerable leap in the sophistication and abilities of AI with systems such as ChatGPT offering a glimpse of a future in which many human roles will become totally redundant.

Now an international group of AI founders, industry leaders and specialists has written an open letter demanding that the development of such advanced systems be halted for a period of six months so that more work can be done to assess the risks such platforms pose to humankind.

The signatories of the letter include Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, as well as some of the people who worked on AI systems such as ChatGPT and DeepMind.
"We call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4," the letter states.

"This pause should be public and verifiable, and include all key actors. If such a pause cannot be enacted quickly, governments should step in and institute a moratorium."

"AI labs and independent experts should use this pause 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."

"These protocols should ensure that systems adhering to them are safe beyond a reasonable doubt. This does not mean a pause on AI development in general, merely a stepping back from the dangerous race to ever-larger unpredictable black-box models with emergent capabilities."

The full letter can be read - here.

Source: BBC News | Comments (42)




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Comment icon #33 Posted by Dejarma 1 year ago
if technologies are not sold then you're suggesting the brilliant minds involved don't get paid for their efforts.. well that ain't going to work is it
Comment icon #34 Posted by Tiggs 1 year ago
The short answer is that no-one has a clue how to code consciousness into one of these things, let alone human ethics and morality. And given humanity's long history of killing other humans -- even if we could, that's no particular reassurance. We could, for example, run headlong into the paperclip problem: https://www.decisionproblem.com/paperclips/index2.html (Apologies in advance).  
Comment icon #35 Posted by Chaldon 1 year ago
Today, in the age of the all-penetrating tech, big bosses are not the only people who can pay big buck. Technologies can be used to do the same thing without any bosses behind them. Next-stage crowdfunding anyone? Even crowdfunded government, controlled by the people of the whole world and not otherwise like today? Why not? Open tech is trustable, closed is not. Tech and ideas and any information at all should not and cannot be owned, restricted and gatekeeped by someone with power or money because of its freely copyable nature. EDIT: Or may be I am all wrong and we better stay with the old ca... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by OverSword 1 year ago
That won’t open on my phone.    Has anyone ever read Destination Void or any of other books in the Jesus Incident series by Frank Herbert about the creation of an artificial consciousness? It effectively becomes God. Frank seemed pretty good with semi accurate futurist thinking imo. 
Comment icon #37 Posted by Tiggs 1 year ago
Apologies. It's a desktop-only thing. It's basically a game where you start off running a business making paperclips, then you start automating it with AI, and it basically turns the entire Universe into a paperclip factory, finally consuming it all*. It's based off the following idea: Suppose we have an AI whose only goal is to make as many paper clips as possible. The AI will realize quickly that it would be much better if there were no humans because humans might decide to switch it off. Because if humans do so, there would be fewer paper clips. Also, human bodies contain a lot of atoms tha... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by spartan max2 1 year ago
I feel like robots displacing jobs is going to be a larger cultural issue before we even get to robotic consciousness 
Comment icon #39 Posted by Tiggs 1 year ago
Maybe. But we've got a little bit of time yet before robots start making any serious dent. Large Language Models, on the other hand -- wouldn't be surprised if they made around 10% of all knowledge-based jobs redundant in the next couple of years.
Comment icon #40 Posted by spartan max2 1 year ago
I've seen is denting certain industries. AI generated art and voices have effect voice acting and modeling. Levi starting using some AI generated models for ads. I have a friend who does copyright for marketing who said smaller companies having been firing copywriters and just using AI.
Comment icon #41 Posted by and-then 1 year ago
Yes, but that isn't going to solve the problem of human ambition to power.  All it will do in the end is to make the destruction more complete.  Uniting all humanity under a single government simply makes all of us more vulnerable to ONE entity.
Comment icon #42 Posted by Chaldon 12 months ago
Nope. There will be no government at all, at least as we know it today. There will be governance, a lot of it, but no government as a single entity.


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