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Tech Experts Call for Immediate 6-Month Pause on Powerful AI Development, Citing Safety Concerns

A group of scientists and researchers, including AI experts, have called for a six-month pause on the development of AI systems more powerful than the newly released GPT-4. The group, which includes Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, argues that AI systems with human-competitive intelligence could pose profound risks to society and humanity.

They say the pause should be public and include all key AI sector actors. During this time, AI developers must work with policymakers to dramatically accelerate the development of robust AI governance systems. The group suggests that new regulatory authorities dedicated to AI, oversight and tracking of highly capable AI systems, and liability for AI-caused harm, among other things, should be implemented. The goal is to ensure that systems are safe beyond a reasonable doubt, and that we avoid rushing unprepared into an AI future that’s not adequately aligned with humanity.

The full text of the open letter is here: Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letter. We call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4.

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