Elon Musk Requests Emergency Pause On AI

(FreedomBeacon.com)- According to reports, an open letter signed by Elon Musk and dozens of AI researchers, developers, and business leaders has called for a six-month moratorium on creating AI systems more advanced than OpenAI’s recent GPT-4.

OpenAI, an artificial intelligence (AI) project backed by Microsoft, released its fourth version of GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) earlier this month. It has already impressed users with its ability to mimic human conversation and create original music, and condense complex texts into digestible summaries.

The Future of Life Institute released a statement stating that the development of advanced AI systems should be delayed until we can be certain that their impacts will be good and their hazards will be manageable.

According to the EU’s transparency register, the non-profit receives most of its funding from the Musk Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Musk remarked earlier this month that AI stresses him out. He helped create the market-leading OpenAI, and his company, Tesla, has an AI-powered autopilot system.

To guarantee that artificial intelligence (AI) research serves the public interest, Musk has sought a regulatory body. The authorities’ negative responses to his attempts to control the autopilot system have frustrated him.

The letter, which asked for a halt to advanced AI research until shared safety guidelines were defined by independent researchers and called for developers to collaborate with politicians on governance, went unanswered by OpenAI at the time of this writing.

Should we allow computers to inundate us with propaganda and false information? Should we create artificial intelligence that might one day outnumber, outperform, and replace us? The letter urged that these kinds of choices not be made by unaccountable tech industry executives.

According to ABC, almost a thousand individuals, including Musk, signed the letter. Sam Altman, OpenAI’s CEO, did not join many who participated in the letter.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Marc Rotenberg, head of the non-profit Center for AI and Digital Policy, and Andrew Yang, a former Democrat presidential candidate,  are among the other notable personalities who have signed the letter.

Neither Alphabet nor Microsoft CEOs Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella signed.