ChatGPT creator issues warning to the world over rise of AI superintelligence
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Worryingly, one of ChatGPT's creators has claimed that AI poses a possible 'existential risk' to humanity and needs global regulation to avoid a technological fallout.
In the post, he wrote that within the next ten years, 'AI systems will exceed expert skill level in most domains' and will potentially be as productive as large companies with a stacked workforce.
The AI tools therefore have a chance to morph into ‘superintelligence’ and if you’ve ever seen Will Smith’s I, Robot, then we need not say anything anymore.
Elsewhere in the blog post, Mr Altman stated that at this early stage in AI development, it would be 'unintuitively risky' to 'stop the creation of superintelligence'.
The head honcho reasoned that: “The upsides are so tremendous, the cost to build it decreases each year, the number of actors building it is rapidly increasing, and it’s inherently part of the technological path we are on.”
“Stopping it would require something like a global surveillance regime,” he added. “And even that isn’t guaranteed to work.”
However, while Altman stated that ChatGPT and various other AI tools will contribute to an ‘astonishing’ increase in activity, he also said that governments need to regulate them to avoid a technological armageddon.
He wrote: “Given the possibility of existential risk, we can’t just be reactive.
“Any effort above a certain capability threshold will need to be subject to an international authority that can inspect systems, require audits, test for compliance with safety standards, place restrictions on degrees of deployment and levels of security.”
One video, titled ‘Letting ChatGPT control a college day in my life’ has racked up over 700,000 likes and thousands of comments.
In the video, the AI delivers the creator a gym workout, tells her what kind of smoothie to drink and essentially dictates her life for the day.
Viewers are divided, with many questioning whether ChatGPT could improve their lives.
One TikTok user wrote: “I feel like this would be so good for my ADHD I’m gonna try this.”
Another said: “In case of an apocalypse, don’t forget to say please and thank you so you’ll be spared.”
A third commented: “I can’t explain how dangerous and terrifying this is for the human race. And people gonna start doing this everywhere.”