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Artificial intelligence threatens extinction, experts say in new warning

May 31, 2023, 5:48 AM

OpenAI's CEO Sam Altman, the founder of ChatGPT and creator of OpenAI speaks at University College ...

OpenAI's CEO Sam Altman, the founder of ChatGPT and creator of OpenAI speaks at University College London, as part of his world tour of speaking engagements in London, Wednesday, May 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Scientists and tech industry leaders 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,” said the statement posted online.

godfather of artificial intelligence, were among the hundreds of leading figures who signed the statement, which was posted on the Center for AI Safety’s website.

Worries about artificial intelligence systems outsmarting humans and running wild have intensified with the rise of a new generation of highly capable AI chatbots such as ChatGPT.

More than 1,000 researchers and technologists, including Elon Musk, signed a letter earlier this year calling for a six-month pause on AI development because, they said, it poses “profound risks to society and humanity.”

Countries around the world are European Union blazing the trail with its AI Act expected to be approved later this year.

 

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