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Existential Threat of Generative AI

What Exactly Are the Dangers Posed by A.I.?, New York Times, Cade Metz, May 7, 2023

In late March, over 1,000 tech leaders and AI experts, including Elon Musk, signed an open letter highlighting the "profound risks" posed by AI technologies, urging a six-month halt on developing powerful AI systems to better understand the associated dangers. This move reflects growing concerns within the AI community, particularly around OpenAI's GPT-4 model, which could potentially harm society. Despite the advancements in AI aiding various sectors, experts like Yoshua Bengio express concerns over the unexpected behaviors AI systems might learn from vast data, which could lead to disinformation, job losses, and in extreme cases, loss of control over AI, emphasizing a cautious approach towards AI development and deployment.

Does Sam Altman Know What He's Creating?, The Atlantic, July 24, 2023

In a conversation with Sam Altman (CEO of OpenAI, concerns about AI's potential existential threats were discussed. Altman emphasized the importance of taking AI risks seriously, particularly in scenarios where AI could design deadly pathogens or hack into nuclear systems. He advocated for global AI oversight similar to the International Atomic Energy Agency and suggested safety measures like mandatory incident reporting and surveillance of powerful AIs. Altman acknowledged the challenges of international cooperation but stressed the need to prevent catastrophic AI outcomes. The article concludes by highlighting the urgency of public participation in shaping AI's future due to the ongoing, largely unchecked race toward advanced AI technologies.

Meet the AI Protest Group Campaigning Against Human Extinction, Wired, June 25, 2023

The Wired article discusses the growing concern about the existential risks posed by advanced AI and the need to pause AI development for careful evaluation. It highlights OpenAI's approach to safety and the importance of global cooperation in regulating AI technologies. The article also emphasizes the significance of ethical considerations and the potential for catastrophic outcomes if AI development proceeds without sufficient safeguards. It calls for a responsible and cautious approach to ensure AI benefits humanity without jeopardizing its future.