Apple co-founder, Musk and more call for AI development pause

'Profound risks to society and humanity,' is the cause of concern

Elon Musk and other well-known AI researchers have penned an open letter addressed to AI labs globally to pause the development of large-scale AI systems.

“Pause Giant AI Experiments” is the title of the open letter, and it is co-signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp, Stability AI CEO Emad Mostaque, and several other notable AI researchers. 

The letter says that “AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as shown by extensive research and acknowledged by top AI labs.” The letter says that working on such technology requires labs to take meticulous precaution measures and should be planned for and managed with “commensurate care and resources.”

However, that level of planning and management is not happening, and rather, AI labs are in a race to develop and deploy the large-scale AI systems that “no one – not even their creators – can understand, predict, or reliably control.”

Therefore, the letter suggests AI labs should “immediately pause” the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months. “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.”

The letter also quotes OpenAI and its recent statement regarding artificial general intelligence, stating 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.”

The letter offers a solution. A set of shared safety protocols for advanced AI design and development should be put in place, and they must be rigorously audited and overseen by independent outside experts. This does not mean that AI development halts, it just means that it takes a temporary pause until more favourable safety protocols can be put in place.

You can check out the full letter here.

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Source: Future of Life