A new warning about the dangers that artificial intelligence poses to humanity has been issued by scientists and IT sector leaders, including high-level officials at Microsoft and Google.
The declaration was signed by hundreds of influential people, including Geoffrey Hinton, the computer scientist renowned as the pioneer of artificial intelligence, and Sam Altman, the CEO of ChatGPT creator OpenAI.
With the emergence of a new breed of extremely intelligent AI chatbots like ChatGPT, concerns about artificial intelligence systems outsmarting people and going berserk have increased.
According to Dan Hendrycks, executive director of the San Francisco-based Centre for AI Safety, the most recent warning was purposefully brief—just a single sentence—to embrace a large coalition of scientists who might not agree on the problems that are most likely to arise or the best ways to address them.
People from all the best colleges and across a wide range of professions are concerned about this and believe it to be a worldwide priority, according to Hendrycks. We had to persuade folks to sort of open up about this topic since many were essentially talking among themselves in silence.
“Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” the statement published online Tuesday read.
In a lengthy letter earlier this year, more than 1,000 scientists and technologists—including Elon Musk—called for a six-month moratorium on the development of artificial intelligence (AI) because they believed it posed “profound risks to society and humanity.”
Countries from all around the world are frantically trying to set legislation for the evolving technology. With its AI Act, which is anticipated to be enacted this year, the European Union is setting the standard.