- Sam Altman, CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, as well as Google’s AI arm DeepMind and Microsoft are among those who supported and signed the brief.
- “Reducing the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-level threats such as pandemics and nuclear war,” the statement said.
- Other tech leaders, such as Tesla’s Elon Musk and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, have warned of AI’s threat to society.
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Artificial intelligence could lead to the extinction of humanity and reducing the risks associated with the technology should be a global priority, industry experts and technology leaders have announced in an open letter.
“Reducing the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority, along with other societal risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” the statement said on Tuesday.
Sam Altman, CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, as well as Google’s AI arm DeepMind and Microsoft executives are among the signatories to support the AI Safety Center’s brief.
The technology has gathered momentum in recent months after chatbot ChatGPT was released to the public in November and later went viral. Within two months of its launch, it reached 100 million users. ChatGPT has surprised researchers and the general public by generating human-like responses to user queries, suggesting that AI can replace jobs and mimic humans.
The statement said on Tuesday that “the most important and urgent risks from AI” are being widely discussed.
But he said it can be difficult to articulate concerns about some of the more serious risks of advanced AI, and he aimed to overcome this barrier and open up discussions.
ChatGPT has sparked greater awareness of AI as major companies around the world race to develop competing products and capabilities.
Altman admitted in March that he was “a little scared” of AI, worried that authoritarian governments would develop the technology. Other technology leaders like Tesla Elon Musk and ex Google CEO Eric Schmidt has warned of the threat AI poses to society.
In an open letter in March, Musk, Apple founder Steve Wozniak and several tech leaders urged AI labs to stop training systems more powerful than GPT-4 — OpenAI’s latest major language model. They also asked for a six-month break on such advanced development.
“Current AI systems are becoming competitive with humans in general tasks,” the letter says.
“Should we automate all jobs, including full jobs? Should we develop non-human brains that will eventually outnumber, outsmart, and replace us? Should we lose control of our civilization?” He asked for a letter.
Last week, Schmidt separately warned about the “existential risks” associated with AI as the technology advances.