Big Tech’s latest AI doomsday warning might be more of the same hype

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 09:03 in Mathematics & Economics

Critics say current harms of AI include amplifying algorithmic harm, profiting from exploited labor and stolen data, and fueling climate collapse with resource consumption. Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Over 350 AI researchers, ethicists, engineers, and company executives co-signed a 22-word, single sentence statement about artificial intelligence’s potential existential risks for humanity. Compiled by the nonprofit organization Center for AI Safety, a consortium including the “Godfather of AI,” Geoffrey Hinton, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott agree that, “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.” The 22-word missive and its endorsements echo a similar, slightly lengthier joint letter released earlier this year calling for a six-month “moratorium” on research into...

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