A group of leading artificial intelligence (AI) experts including top researchers and CEOs have signed a new statement warning about the existential threat AI poses to humanity. The succinct, 22-word statement reads as follows: “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.” Notable signatories of the above statement, which was published by the Center for AI Safety, include the following people: Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI (the company that owns ChatGPT) Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google DeepMind Geoffrey Hinton, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto Yoshua Bengio, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Montreal/Mila (Hinton and Bengio are two of three AI researchers who won the 2018 Turing Award, and are considered godfathers of modern AI) Dario Amodei, CEO of Anthropic Kevin Scott, CTO of Microsoft “There’s a very common misconception, even in the AI community, that there only are a handful of doomers. But, in fact, many people privately would express concerns about these things.” – Dan Hendrycks, the executive director of the Center for AI Safety, told New York Times The statement comes at a time when AI models like ChatGPT, Google Bard, and Microsoft Bing are increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives. Numerous issues around these AI services have already surfaced in recent months ranging from misinformation to copyright concerns to fears of job loss, but leading industry figures feel that there is worse to…
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