Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have joined a plethora of experts in signing an open letter along with other esteemed researchers which calls for the machines to be developed only in ways that can benefit humanity.
With AI having the potential to develop consciousness, many experts have previously warned that it could become vastly superior to man, posing a threat to our existence.
As such, experts including Stephen Hawking and Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk have signed an open letter consisting of 23 guidelines that will ensure that AI falls into humanity’s agenda, and not the other way around.
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The list is broken down into three categories; Research issues, Ethics and values, and Longer-term issues – you can read the full guideline here at The Future of Life Institute (FLI).
Among the issues is that the development of AI could lead to an AI arms race, which the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risks report declaring that “a new arms race is developing in weaponised robotics”, adding that as AI becomes more common, “so do the risks of these applications operating in unforeseeable ways or outside the control of humans”.
AI could be detrimental to humanity
One of the signatories, Stefano Ermon from the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University said: “I’m not a fan of wars, and I think it could be extremely dangerous.
“Obviously I think that the technology has a huge potential and, even just with the capabilities we have today, it’s not hard to imagine how it could be used in very harmful ways.”
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A spokesperson for the FLI told Newsweek: “We hope that these principles will provide material for vigorous discussion and also aspirational goals for how the power of AI can be used to improve everyone’s lives in coming years.”