Let's base AI debates on reality, not extreme fears about the future - 2023-04-03
A recent open letter by computer scientists and tech industry leaders calling for a six-month ban on artificial intelligence development has received widespread attention online. Even Canada's Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne has responded to the letter on Twitter.
The letter, published by the non-profit Future of Life Institute, has asked for all AI labs to stop training AI systems more powerful than GPT-4, the model behind ChatGPT. The letter argues that AI has been "locked in an out-of-control race to develop and deploy ever more powerful digital minds that no one — not even their creators — can understand, predict, or reliably control."
The letter assumes AI is becoming, or could become, "powerful digital minds" — a longtermist interpretation of AI's development that ignores important debates about AI today in lieu of future concerns.