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Nextgov: Technologists, Experts Call for Halt on Advanced AI Development Over ‘Risks to Society’

More than 1,000 artificial intelligence experts, industry chiefs and technologists have signed an open letter calling for a six-month pause in developing more advanced artificial intelligence systems, citing “profound risks to society and humanity.”

The open letter, authored by the non-profit Future of Life Institute, comes as OpenAI launches the next iteration of its ChatGPT AI platform—ChatGPT-4—the successor to ChatGPT-3.5, which generated headlines for its ability to perform human-like activities, like writing reports and engaging in realistic conversation…

The letter has accumulated the signatures of numerous high-profile technologists, scientists and AI and policy experts. Among them: Elon Musk, chief executive officer at SpaceX, Tesla and Twitter; Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple; Max Tegmark, MIT Center for Artificial Intelligence & Fundamental Interactions and professor of physics; and Lawrence M. Krauss, president of The Origins Project Foundation.

The government is not yet a major consumer of ChatGPT-4-like AI systems, though officials at the Defense Department have promoted the potential benefits of using similar technologies in recent months. At the state and local levels of government, officials have suggested these technologies could work in areas that don’t require human subjectivity, like transcribing and summarizing constituent calls. At the federal level, the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released its Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework, which seeks to guide agencies and organizations toward developing “low-risk AI systems.” … Read the full article here.

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