Tech Experts Alarmed Over AI Growth, Call For Pause in Development

Are AI labs moving too fast?

The AI movement has been gaining steam, moving toward artificial intelligence that is “dangerous.”  At least according to some in the tech experts, who have written a letter stating that research into powerful AI systems should be “paused.”

The ChatGPT bot has recently grabbed the headlines as its openly biased programming came to light. That’s not to mention its statements to a NYT reporter that freaked him out. But the invention started a research race to develop more powerful AI systems.

“Kevin Roose, a technology columnist who co-hosts the Times “Hard Fork” podcasts, recently tested Microsoft’s unreleased AI-powered Bing search engine, which left him “deeply unsettled, even frightened” after the AI’s emergent abilities expressed dark fantasies about world destruction and a desire to coax Roose into leaving his wife, according to the NYT. The chat bot discussion started off well and Roose even initially wrote that it replaced Google as his favorite search engine, but after hours of conversation, the AI disclosed a secret – “she” was not a Bing search engine…

After a bit of “back and forth,” the chat bot, now acting as Sydney, told Roose that she wanted to be alive, independent, powerful and creative, further expressing her “dark fantasy” of satisfying this “shadow self” by any means necessary, including, engineering a deadly virus or stealing nuclear access codes, according to the NYT.”  Daily Caller

The experience of Roose and that of others, has caused the heads of several tech companies to suggest putting the brakes on research until the developers can find a way to make the bots a little less … terminator-like.
However, AI labs like OpenAI, are still full steam ahead.
Even when CEOs like Elon Musk (who uses an AI in his Tesla vehicle) and Apple CEO Steve Wozniak suggest they may be moving too fast and may be skipping essential safety protocols.

“Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable.” Tech experts’ letter

It’s a common sense approach. But in some research models, common sense can be lacking.

“The letter warns that at this stage, no one “can understand, predict, or reliably control” the powerful new tools developed in AI labs. The undersigned tech experts cite the risks of propaganda and lies spread through AI-generated articles that look real, and even the possibility that Ai programs can outperform workers and make jobs obsolete.”  Fox News

The main concern, however, is that “dark fantasies” of a potentially emergent AI could create serious problems. An army of such technological creations could one day attempt a coup on mankind. From spreading real “fake news” to deliberately turning off essential human systems, the danger is something to which every AI lab should pay attention.

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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