AI boom is now also frightening leading scientist5. September 2023
AI boom is now also frightening leading scientist
Leading scientists and AI innovators see the current boom in AI as scary, but for different reasons. One side of the argument has scientists who are worried about how AI is being rolled out and how it could harm human beings, while the other is concerned about AI being used to spread misinformation and amplify human biases.
• Dario Amodei, leader of AI developer Anthropic, Sam Altman, head of OpenAI, and Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, are among those who have expressed concerns about the existential threat that AI poses.
◦ Altman, Musk, and other leaders are meeting with Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer next week to discuss AI.
• Other scientists say AI companies and regulators need to point resources toward the technology’s existing threats, such as systems that amplify the impact of misinformation and bias.
◦ They also feel that AI companies are touting the existential risk, or x-risk, to show their technologies’ sophistication.
• “It’s a very real and growing dichotomy,” said Nicolas Miailhe, co-founder of the Future Society. “It’s the end of the month versus the end of the world.”
• Experts in AI ethics and fairness, on the other hand, highlight how AI can deepen inequality and want tech companies to implement training standards to reduce that risk.