“I saw a movie about people. Remember people? Whatever happened to them?”
Some one thousand Artificial Intelligence experts have called for a “temporary halt,” a six-month moratorium, on AI development “until safeguards can be put in place” (https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2023/03/29/1000-ai-experts-and-tech-leaders-call-for-temporary-halt-in-advanced-ai-development/). The signers of the petition include Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, two of the giants in the field.
The question that was not asked in the news article above, we must ask:
WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF?
I would be afraid of suddenly and drastically throwing tens of millions of people out of work, replaced by AI and robots. To say nothing of AI’s cited inability to distinguish between real “news” and silly ca-ca.
Maybe billions of people would wind up unemployed. We won’t know how bad it will be until we see it. And then it’ll be too late.
What other damage might the AI boom do to us? Oh, we don’t know! Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! Oops…
Would it hurt us to slow down and get the lay of the land?
Yeahbut, yeahbut! AI is so cool! And it can make me cool, too!
Again, you won’t know what the problems are until it’s too late to solve them.