On Tuesday, experts in the tech sector and science issued a fresh warning about the dangers that artificial intelligence poses to humanity.
“Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” the statement that was published online said.
The declaration was signed by hundreds of influential people, including Geoffrey Hinton, the computer scientist renowned as the pioneer of artificial intelligence, and Sam Altman, the CEO of ChatGPT creator OpenAI.
With the emergence of a new breed of extremely intelligent AI chatbots like ChatGPT, concerns about artificial intelligence systems outsmarting people and going berserk have increased.
This year, Elon Musk and over 1,000 other experts and engineers signed a petition asking for a six-month halt to AI development because it posed “profound risks to society and humanity.”
The European Union is paving the way with its AI Act, which is anticipated to be enacted later this year, as nations around the world scramble to draft legislation for the emerging technology.