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Title    Former Google CEO Says AI Poses an 'Existential Risk' That Puts Lives in Danger
Date    Thursday May 25 2023, @10:41PM
Author    janrinok
Topic   
from the dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/05/24/190200

upstart writes:

Eric Schmidt wants to prevent potential abuse of AI:

Add Eric Schmidt to the list of tech luminaries concerned about the dangers of AI. The former Google chief tells guests at The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council Summit that AI represents an "existential risk" that could get many people "harmed or killed." He doesn't feel that threat is serious at the moment, but he sees a near future where AI could help find software security flaws or new biology types. It's important to ensure these systems aren't "misused by evil people," the veteran executive says.

Schmidt doesn't have a firm solution for regulating AI, but he believes there won't be an AI-specific regulator in the US. He participated in a National Security Commission on AI that reviewed the technology and published a 2021 report determining that the US wasn't ready for the tech's impact.

Schmidt doesn't have direct influence over AI. However, he joins a growing number of well-known moguls who have argued for a careful approach. Current Google CEO Sundar Pichai has cautioned that society needs to adapt to AI, while OpenAI leader Sam Altman has expressed concern that authoritarians might abuse these algorithms. In March, numerous industry leaders and researchers (including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak) signed an open letter calling on companies to pause AI experiments for six months while they rethought the safety and ethical implications of their work.


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Links

  1. "upstart" - https://soylentnews.org/~upstart/
  2. "Eric Schmidt wants to prevent potential abuse of AI" - https://www.engadget.com/former-google-ceo-says-ai-poses-an-existential-risk-that-puts-lives-in-danger-141741870.html
  3. "concerned about the dangers of AI" - https://www.engadget.com/tech-leaders-and-ai-experts-demand-a-six-month-pause-on-out-of-control-ai-experiments-114553864.html
  4. "tells guests" - https://www.cnbc.com/2023/05/24/ai-poses-existential-risk-former-google-ceo-eric-schmidt-says.html?__source=twitter%7Ctech&taid=646e12f184a2eb000134bab1&utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
  5. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=59759

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