With the growth of disruptive innovation, artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly advanced and present in people’s lives, including autonomous cars, virtual assistance programs, devices to automate homes and even in areas of medicine.
However, the advancement of artificial intelligence technologies has raised concerns for scientists. This is because its development entails changes of great potential that tend to affect the entire world. These advances have been happening so strongly that AI developers themselves are struggling to maintain control.
In this article, we bring an insight into the advances and concerns of scientists on artificial intelligence, from the latest news. Follow along!
The unbridled advances
ChatGPT, Artificial Intelligence that manages to generate content in an automated way, has become a subject worldwide in recent months, much was asked about its impact on society and the developments that its advancement would cause in the world.
Today, long after the launch of intelligence, we are dealing with a scenario of unbridled advancement, in which several companies participate in the development of more advanced versions of the tool. With this, scientists around the world began to demonstrate their concern about the speed of changes that chatGPT has brought.
OpenAI, the company responsible for the development of the platform, expressed its opinion on the matter, saying it is scared by the development of the technology and the fear that it will be used for large-scale disinformation or cyberattacks.
The open letter
On March 29, 2023, big names in technology such as Elon Musk, along with scientists, engineers and experts from the world’s largest technology companies, signed a letter urging AI labs to immediately stop working on advancing systems more powerful than chatGPT 4, during the 6-month period.
The decision making of this letter came two weeks after the release of version 4 of chatGPT, which is available only to subscribers and has generated responses with misinformation and prejudice.
“In recent months, we have seen AI labs launch themselves into an uncontrolled race to develop and deploy increasingly powerful digital minds that no one – not even their creators – can reliably understand, predict, or control,” the letter reads.
The document also poses some questions: “Contemporary AI systems are becoming competitive in general tasks, and we must ask ourselves: will we let machines flood our information channels with propaganda and falsehood? Should we automate all jobs, including satisfying ones? Should we develop non-human minds that eventually outnumber us, outwit us, and replace us? Should we risk losing control of our civilization?” the scientists said.
About the pause
During the 6-month pause period suggested in the letter, companies currently working on Artificial Intelligence advancements should devote the time to developing protocols and security measures, applying them to the tools.
Check out other requests from the letter signatories:
● Liability for damages arising from AI;
● Assistance from the government in technical research on AI security;
● Watermarks in content, to help distinguish between real and synthetic;
● Establish authorities dedicated to AIs.
It is evident that the advancement of emerging technologies, especially Artificial Intelligence, brings benefits to the routine of society. However, we cannot leave aside the social chaos that this unbridled growth can unleash on the entire world.
Artificial Intelligence must be worked to be a mechanism of aid to society, so that its growth is not reckless and uncontrolled and does not cause negative impacts.
Finally, the most anticipated path to this disruption is the development of regulatory mechanisms for AIs. This has happened before with other innovations, such as the internet, for example.
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