My position is that AI is just fancy autocomplete; but what does worry me is what amoral, money-grubbing capitalist sociopaths running corporations plan to do with it, which is basically fire everyone. Mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money!
Anyway, the AP reports:
Scientists and tech industry leaders, including high-level executives at Microsoft and Google, issued a new warning Tuesday about the perils that artificial intelligence poses to humankind.
“Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” the statement said…
That letter was a response to OpenAI’s release of a new AI model, GPT-4, but leaders at OpenAI, its partner Microsoft and rival Google didn’t sign on and rejected the call for a voluntary industry pause…
And that (to me) is the story, “Don’t regulate ME, regulate THEM!” And not to put too fine a spin on this, but monopolists and wannabe monopolists are pretty consistent about not wanting to be regulated. And really, when examining their track records, well, Don’t Be Evil seems like quaint misdirection.
But back to the story (emphasis mine):
Some critics have complained that dire warnings about existential risks voiced by makers of AI have contributed to hyping up the capabilities of their products and distracting from calls for more immediate regulations to rein in their real-world problems.
I think academics, writers, and other creators have pointed out some real world problems, and as we are already seeing deep fakes in political advertising and that begs for regulation. We know that bad actors are already looking at how to use misinformation for their own purposes. But it is not that some AI is going to blow up the world. At least not yet.