ChatGPT and AI Labs to be paused after an open letter by 1,100 notable signatories

An open letter was posted online on Tuesday evening, signed by over 1,100 individuals, including Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and Tristan Harris from the Center for Humane Technology. The letter urges all AI labs to halt the training of AI systems more advanced than GPT-4 for a minimum of six months.

The open letter contends that there is a lack of proper planning and management in the development of AI systems, and instead, some AI labs have been engaged in a reckless competition to create more powerful digital minds without being able to fully comprehend, predict or control them. 

The letter says

“Contemporary AI systems are now becoming human-competitive at general tasks,[3] and we must ask ourselves: Should we let machines flood our information channels with propaganda and untruth? Should we automate away all the jobs, including the fulfilling ones? Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us? Should we risk loss of control of our civilization? Such decisions must not be delegated to unelected tech leaders. Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable.”

Open Letter

The letter’s signatories, including some AI specialists, are calling for a public and verifiable pause in the development of AI systems beyond GPT-4, involving all relevant parties. If this pause cannot be swiftly implemented, the letter suggests that governments should intervene and impose a moratorium.

The letter is noteworthy for its signatories, which include engineers from Meta and Google, CEO Emad Mostaque of Stability AI, and individuals outside the tech industry such as an electrician and an esthetician. However, notable absences from the list include OpenAI, the organization responsible for creating GPT-4, and Anthropic, whose team spun out of OpenAI to develop a “safer” AI chatbot.

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