Technology CEOs Worry That AI Offers A “Risk of Extinction”

Leading computer scientists and technologists have cautioned that the “risk of extinction” posed by artificial intelligence necessitates international action.

The Centre for AI Safety, a research and advocacy organisation based in San Francisco, released a brief statement on Tuesday that quoted a number of AI experts and other prominent figures.

The signatories include prominent individuals such as neurologist Sam Harris and musician Grimes, as well as industry leaders such as Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s digital minister, and Geoffrey Hinton, dubbed the “godfather of AI” and chief executive of OpenAI.

AI-Assisted Chatbot

The National Eating Disorders Association, based in the US, is in the news after laying off all of its employees and substituting Tessa, an AI-assisted chatbot, for them.

This took place only four days after the six paid workers, who were in charge of 200 volunteers, successfully organised a union. Coincidence? Absolutely, Neda replied; it was a long-awaited reform unrelated to unionisation.

In a recent interview, CEO Arvind Krishna stated that the technology giant would stop hiring for “back-office jobs” in the future years and automate those roles.

All of this may sound incredibly gloomy, yet there are many AI believers willing to promise us that artificial intelligence will actually improve things.

Humans will have more free time to laze around and write poetry in the sun because technology will take care of all the tedious chores.

Greater Emphasis On AI

The alert comes in response to an open letter signed by Elon Musk and other well-known individuals in March that demanded a six-month moratorium on the creation of AI more sophisticated than OpenAI’s GPT-4.

Rapid AI development has led to worries about potential negative effects on society, including widespread job losses, copyright infringement, the spread of false information, and political unrest.

Since then, the number of cautions regarding the possible risks of AI has risen.

Promoting The Dangers Of AI

Geoffrey Hinton, a well-known computer scientist, left his position at Google last month so that he could devote more time to promoting the dangers of AI.

Altman urged lawmakers to swiftly create rules for AI technology at a testimony before the US Congress earlier this month, and he suggested a licensing-based strategy.

The US and other nations are rushing to write legislation that strikes a balance between the need for regulation and cutting-edge technology.

By the end of the year, the European Union intends to approve legislation that would divide artificial intelligence into four risk-based groups.

Chinese lawmakers passed rules overseeing deep fakes and demanded that businesses register their algorithms with regulators as part of their efforts to control AI.

Beijing has also put up stringent regulations to limit the publication of politically sensitive content and demand developer consent before disseminating generative AI-based technology.