Wozniak, Musk, and Others Ask Industry to Pause AI Experiments

Some of the tech industries leading figures have signed an open letter asking companies to pause AI experiments....
Wozniak, Musk, and Others Ask Industry to Pause AI Experiments
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  • Some of the tech industry’s leading figures have signed an open letter asking companies to pause AI experiments.

    Artificial intelligence has taken the world by storm, with OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Microsoft’s Bing AI and Google’s Bard leading the charge. The speed with which AI is evolving has impressed many and terrified others.

    Steve Wozniak, Elon Musk, and dozens of others are asking the tech industry to stop asking what AI can do and instead ask if AI should be doing it.

    Contemporary AI systems are now becoming human-competitive at general tasks,[3] and we must ask ourselves: Should we let machines flood our information channels with propaganda and untruth? Should we automate away all the jobs, including the fulfilling ones? Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us? Should we risk loss of control of our civilization? Such decisions must not be delegated to unelected tech leaders. Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable. This confidence must be well justified and increase with the magnitude of a system’s potential effects. OpenAI’s recent statement regarding artificial general intelligence, states that *”At some point, it may be important to get independent review before starting to train future systems, and for the most advanced efforts to agree to limit the rate of growth of compute used for creating new models.”* We agree. That point is now.

    The signatories ask the tech industry to pause further development for six months to allow experts to implement safety protocols for future development.

    Therefore, we call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4. 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.

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