AI Development Urged to be Put on Hold by Elon Musk and Other Tech Executives

Tech leaders, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, have signed an open letter calling for a pause in AI development, arguing that it’s too early for further advancements.

Growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) has led to intense competition among companies in the metaverse, with many turning their focus to AI technology. Amid these developments, tech leaders, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, have signed an open letter calling for a pause in AI development, arguing that it’s too early for further advancements.

Published by the US think tank Future of Life Institute (FOLI) on March 22, the letter also bears the signatures of numerous AI CEOs, CTOs, and researchers. At the same time, they announced this letter by tweeting. The institute has urged an immediate six-month halt to the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4, citing concerns about human-competitive intelligence posing deep risks to society and humanity.

The letter highlights that advanced AI may represent a profound change in Earth’s history and should be planned and managed with appropriate care and resources. However, the institute contends that such planning and management are not currently taking place.

GPT-4 is the most recent version of OpenAI’s AI-powered chatbot, ChatGPT, released on March 14. The chatbot has successfully passed some of the toughest high school and law exams in the US within the 90th percentile and is believed to be ten times more advanced than its original version.

In addition to ChatGPT, AI-powered deepfake technology has been employed to create convincing images, audio, and video deceptions, as well as AI-generated art, raising concerns about potential copyright law violations. The most pressing issues include the potential for machines to flood information channels with propaganda and misinformation and the possibility of machines automating and eliminating all job opportunities.

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