Artificial intelligence experts, industry players and Elon Musk want a temporary halt on advanced AI development over fears about the risks to humanity.
Musk, experts urge pause on training AI systems
Elon Musk and a group of artificial intelligence experts and industry executives are calling for a six-month pause in training systems more powerful than OpenAI’s newly launched model GPT-4, they say in an open letter, citing potential risks to society and humanity.
The letter, issued by the non-profit Future of Life Institute and signed by more than 1000 people including Musk, Stability AI CEO Emad Mostaque, researchers at Alphabet-owned DeepMind, as well as AI heavyweights Yoshua Bengio and Stuart Russell, call for a pause on advanced AI development until shared safety protocols for such designs are developed, implemented and audited by independent experts.
“Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable,” the letter says.
The letter also details potential risks to society and civilisation by human-competitive AI systems in the form of economic and political disruptions, and calls on developers to work with policymakers on governance and regulatory authorities.