Response to the March 2023 'Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letter' by Yoshua Bengio, signed by Stuart Russell, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Yuval Noah Harari and others…

3 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2023

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Jim Samuel

Rutgers University, New Brunswick; Independent

Date Written: March 29, 2023

Abstract

Prominent ‘experts’ recently released an open statement for a ‘pause’ to developing AI citing ambiguous risks and yet to be proven ‘dangers’. I am surprised that exceptionally intelligent persons such as Yoshua Bengio, Stuart Russell, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Yuval Noah Harari and others have signed on this. Anyone can apparently sign on: https://futureoflife.org/open-letter/pause-giant-ai-experiments/ - I wish they had a sign-on-with-comments option to accommodate partial support. If they had that option, I may have joined in too – with caveats as described below. Before expressing disagreement with parts of this letter, I agree with these set of experts that AI could be misused or abused, and could lead to future dangers. However, … Artificial Intelligence (AI) is of itself not evil or good, nor safe or dangerous. AI is a simply a cluster of “technologies that mimic the functions and expressions of human intelligence, specifically cognition and logic ” that, among other purposes, can be used to enhance human performance. Originally on: https://aboveai.substack.com/p/a-quick-draft-response-to-the-march.

Keywords: AI, Artificial Intelligence AI, pause, risk, danger, AI summer, regulation, policy, technology

Suggested Citation

Samuel, Jim, Response to the March 2023 'Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letter' by Yoshua Bengio, signed by Stuart Russell, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Yuval Noah Harari and others… (March 29, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4412516 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4412516

Jim Samuel (Contact Author)

Rutgers University, New Brunswick ( email )

New Brunswick, NJ
United States

Independent ( email )

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