The ongoing AI revolution has caused a tidal wave of changes to hit every industry. Voice actors are worried they’ll lose their jobs, young actors are being hunted for their likenesses and lawyers are stupidly attempting to use ChatGPT to do their jobs for them.
AI experts are warning that the massive increase in artificial intelligence technology is not just a huge problem for these industries, but will likely cause our extinction.
Released by a large number of ethics experts, journalists, policymakers and more, the Center for AI safety has warned that the ongoing mass expansion of artificial intelligence is pushing humanity towards extinction.
Signed by Google DeepMind executives, ChatGPT’s OpenAI and Anthropic, the coalition’s latest statement urges governments to enforce restrictions on artificial intelligence in order to protect humanity.
“Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” the coalition’s statement reads.
The coalition’s warnings propose a sort of Terminator future where far smarter artificial intelligence manages to take control of more aspects of humanity. While experts have warned of super-intelligent AI being given control of military technology, there’s no signs that armed forces are giving — or planning on giving — technology that level of access.
Nevertheless, there is a realisation within AI companies that their technologies are a hazard to current society. With a lack of AI regulation, the AI-generation is becoming a dangerous era of misinformation being handed to the public within seconds.
However, AI-leaders such as Deepmind, OpenAI and more are not stopping their development of more advanced tools in order to not fall behind before regulations are in place. Until limits are in place, all AI companies want to own the most advanced tools that will still be used post-regulations.
Modern-day AI has become so controversial that even the creator of contemporary AI-tech has expressed deep regret over his work.
In a recent interview, inventor and engineer Geoffrey Hinton has now quit development of new technologies. Instead, the inventor is spending his life warning everyone about the dangerous of artificial intelligence.
“The idea that this stuff could actually get smarter than people — a few people believed that,” they researcher said. “But most people thought it was way off. And I thought it was way off. I thought it was 30 to 50 years or even longer away. Obviously, I no longer think that. I left so that I could talk about the dangers of AI without considering how this impacts Google.”
As AI causes issues within creative fields, medical fields and more, there is a sense that some regulation needs to come in sooner rather than later. While the first wave of restrictions and precautions won’t be perfect, they’ll be better than nothing.