More than 1300 tech and AI leaders, including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak of Apple, have signed an open letter calling for a six-month break in AI research and development.
AI Labs Pause
AI research labs were encouraged to stop training AI models stronger than GPT-4, the most recent version of OpenAI’s model, in an open letter from the Future of Life Institute signed by Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The leaders argue that creating AI tools capable of human-level intellect is not a great idea as many will lose their jobs, and it will create chaos.
The open letter signed by the leaders read “Contemporary AI systems are now becoming human-competitive at general tasks, and we must ask ourselves: Should we let machines flood our information channels with propaganda and untruth? Should we automate away all the jobs, including the fulfilling ones? Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us? Should we risk loss of control of our civilization?”.
The Future of Life Institute, a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, advocates for the safe and ethical advancement of AI. Max Tegmark, a cosmologist at MIT, and Jaan Tallinn, who helped create Skype, are among its creators.