Musk, Wozniak join call to pause giant AI experiments for 6 months

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and Twitter, as well as Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, and other tech leaders have joined the demand to halt large-scale AI studies due to worries that their long-term impacts may become uncontrollable

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In an open letter to all AI laboratories, the signatories demand an immediate halt to developing AI systems that are more advanced than Microsoft and OpenAI’s GPT-4 for at least six months.

The authors stress that the development of AI systems with human-competitive intelligence should wait until “we are certain that their impacts will be favorable and their hazards will be controlled.” They argue that such systems “may pose serious risks to society and humankind.”

The training of AI systems will be put on hold for six months until safety procedures for advanced AI design and development are developed, and implemented, and strong AI governance

Read the full letter below:

Musk, Wozniak letter 1
Musk, Wozniak letter 2

The letter has 1,358 signatories as of this writing. Yoshua Bengio, the founder and scientific director of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), Professor Stuart Russell, the Center for Intelligent Systems director, and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang are significant signatories in addition to Musk and Wozniak.

Together with many other well-known individuals, the open letter has the signatures of Skype Co-Founder Jaan Tallinn, Pinterest Co-Founder Evan Sharp, Getty Images CEO Craig Peters, and many more.

What do you guys think about this? Is it a good idea to stop large-scale AI experiments? Will humanity benefit from the emergence of more intelligent AI on par with human intelligence? There are many unanswered questions, but we’ll have to wait and see what jurisdiction will govern the advancement of artificial intelligence.

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