The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence has many believing the technology might pose an existential threat to mankind.
A person would have to live under a rock not to have heard about the pros and cons of artificial intelligence.
Some companies welcome the technology because it could cut down on labor cost.
But even some artificial intelligence (AI) experts warn of the dangers that the technology could pose if it continues growing at a rapid pace.
Some experts say artificial intelligence could put people in danger and take away their rights.
Many musicians have spoken out about fake songs that artificial intelligence can create by making up generic lyrics while dubbing the voices of popular artists like Drake and Taylor Swift.
A fake Drake collaboration with The Weeknd racked up millions of streams before people realized the song was a fake created by AI.
As a result, Vice President Kamala Harris recently met with experts in the field to discuss ways to take advantage of the pros while limiting the cons.
The meeting included Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the leaders of two start-ups, Anthropic, which is backed by Google, and OpenAI, backed by Microsoft.
OpenAI is the maker of ChatGPT.
In a statement, Vice President Harris said, “the private sector has an ethical, moral, and legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of their products.”
President Joe Biden, who briefly stopped by the meeting, told the executives that, “What you’re doing has enormous potential and enormous danger.”
The commander-in-chief said that he hopes that the executives that gathered May 4 at the White House could “educate us” on how to benefit from the technology while limiting the dangers.
As a result, the administration has announced a $140 million investment that creates seven new artificial intelligence institutes.
While entertainers have criticized artificial intelligence for its ability to create intellectual property, which could eliminate jobs like those of Hollywood writers.
Government leaders around the world have also criticized it because it can create disinformation such as fake videos, fake still photographs and realistic text.
Artificial intelligence can create fake political advertisements that could possibly fool the public into believing it is real, which could influence democratic elections around the world.
Although artificial intelligence poses a risk worldwide, many American executives and politicians want the country to take the lead on the current dilemma.
Adam Conner from the Center for American Progress said, “We’re at a moment that in the next couple of months will really determine whether or not we lead on this or cede leadership to other parts of the world, as we have in other tech regulatory spaces like privacy or regulating large online platforms.”
The dangers of artificial intelligence have become such a prevalent issue that the man dubbed “the godfather of AI” decided to leave Google to dedicate his life to warning people about the risks that the technology poses.
Geoffrey Hinton began looking into artificial intelligence four decades ago.
He began his tenure at Google in 2013.
While there, Hinton designed machine learning algorithms.
Hinton said, “I left so that I could talk about the dangers of AI without considering how this impacts Google. Google has acted very responsibly.”
Aliza Chasan of CBS News reported, “Many developers are working toward creating artificial general intelligence. Until recently, Hinton said he thought the world was 20-50 years away from it, but he thinks developers ‘might be close’ to computers being able to come up with ideas to improve themselves.”
In March, Hinton described that possible reality as a real problem that the industry must find a way to control.
The former Google employee said, “I think it’s very reasonable for people to be worrying about these issues now, even though it’s not going to happen in the next year or two.”
Hinton said it is not out of the question that artificial intelligence would find a way to wipe out humanity.
He said, “We’re continually learning to understand emerging risks while also innovating boldly.”
Pichai has called for advancements in artificial intelligence to occur responsibly.
He also called for laws to punish those who abuse artificial intelligence.
“This is why I think the development of this needs to include not just engineers, but social scientists, ethicists, philosophers and so on,” Pichai said. “And I think we have to be very thoughtful. And I think these are all things society needs to figure out as we move along. It’s not for a company to decide.”
Hinton added, “I think if you take the existential risk seriously, as I now do—I used to think it was way off, but I now think it’s serious and fairly close—it might be quite sensible to just stop developing these things any further. But I think it’s completely naïve to think that would happen.
“Even if the U.S. stops developing it, the Chinese won’t. They’re going to be used as weapons. And just for that reason alone, governments aren’t going to stop developing.”
Josh Meyer of USA Today reported, “The Biden administration is set to roll out a new set of actions aimed at promoting responsible innovation in artificial intelligence while protecting the rights and safety of Americans.
“A senior administration official said managing the risks of AI is at the core of the new effort, given the threat it poses to a broad array of applications. Those include hacking into autonomous vehicles and other AI-driven entities, risks to privacy such as enabling real-time surveillance and the potential for job displacement from automation, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss administration efforts.”