Leading experts warn of a risk of extinction from AI

Leading AI experts warn that artificial intelligence models could soon become smarter and more powerful, posing a risk of extinction.

Key insights: A group of scientists and tech industry leaders called for the mitigation of the risk of extinction from AI, placing it alongside other global priorities like pandemics and nuclear war.
* Hundreds of leading figures, including Sam Altman from OpenAI and Geoffrey Hinton from Google, signed the statement on the Center for AI Safety’s website.

Concerns about AI: Public and profit-driven enterprises are increasingly embracing AI, prompting calls for guardrails on AI systems.
* In March, an open letter signed by over 30,000 people called for a six-month pause on training AI systems more powerful than GPT-4, the latest version of the ChatGPT chatbot.

Expert opinions: Geoffrey Hinton estimates that AI programs could outperform humans in just five years, while Dan Hendrycks, director of the Center for AI Safety, emphasizes that society should address all risks associated with AI, both immediate and long-term.
* Hendrycks warns of urgent risks such as systemic bias, misinformation, malicious use, cyberattacks, and weaponization, but believes that managing multiple risks at once is possible.

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