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The price of carburated gas engines just increased.Artificial intelligence threatens extinction, experts say in new warning
Author of the article:Associated Press
Published May 30, 2023 • Last updated 1 day ago • 3 minute read
LONDON — Scientists and tech industry leaders, including high-level executives at Microsoft and Google, issued a new warning Tuesday about the perils that artificial intelligence poses to humankind.
“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 said.
Sam Altman, CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, and Geoffrey Hinton, a computer scientist known as the godfather of artificial intelligence, were among the hundreds of leading figures who signed the statement, which was posted on the Center for AI Safety’s website.
Worries about artificial intelligence systems outsmarting humans and running wild have intensified with the rise of a new generation of highly capable AI chatbots such as ChatGPT. It has sent countries around the world scrambling to come up with regulations for the developing technology, with the European Union blazing the trail with its AI Act expected to be approved later this year.
The latest warning was intentionally succinct — just a single sentence — to encompass a broad coalition of scientists who might not agree on the most likely risks or the best solutions to prevent them, said Dan Hendrycks, executive director of the San Francisco-based nonprofit Center for AI Safety, which organized the move.
“There’s a variety of people from all top universities in various different fields who are concerned by this and think that this is a global priority,” Hendrycks said. “So we had to get people to sort of come out of the closet, so to speak, on this issue because many were sort of silently speaking among each other.”
More than 1,000 researchers and technologists, including Elon Musk, had signed a much longer letter earlier this year calling for a six-month pause on AI development, saying it poses “profound risks to society and humanity.”
That letter was a response to OpenAI’s release of a new AI model, GPT-4, but leaders at OpenAI, its partner Microsoft and rival Google didn’t sign on and rejected the call for a voluntary industry pause.
By contrast, the latest statement was endorsed by Microsoft’s chief technology and science officers, as well as Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google’s AI research lab DeepMind, and two Google executives who lead its AI policy efforts. The statement doesn’t propose specific remedies but some, including Altman, have proposed an international regulator along the lines of the UN nuclear agency.
Some critics have complained that dire warnings about existential risks voiced by makers of AI have contributed to hyping up the capabilities of their products and distracting from calls for more immediate regulations to rein in their real-world problems.
Hendrycks said there’s no reason why society can’t manage the “urgent, ongoing harms” of products that generate new text or images, while also starting to address the “potential catastrophes around the corner.”
He compared it to nuclear scientists in the 1930s warning people to be careful even though “we haven’t quite developed the bomb yet.”
“Nobody is saying that GPT-4 or ChatGPT today is causing these sorts of concerns,” Hendrycks said. “We’re trying to address these risks before they happen rather than try and address catastrophes after the fact.”
The letter also was signed by experts in nuclear science, pandemics and climate change. Among the signatories is the writer Bill McKibben, who sounded the alarm on global warming in his 1989 book “The End of Nature” and warned about AI and companion technologies two decades ago in another book.
“Given our failure to heed the early warnings about climate change 35 years ago, it feels to me as if it would be smart to actually think this one through before it’s all a done deal,” he said by email Tuesday.
An academic who helped push for the letter said he used to be mocked for his concerns about AI existential risk, even as rapid advancements in machine-learning research over the past decade have exceeded many people’s expectations.
David Krueger, an assistant computer science professor at the University of Cambridge, said some of the hesitation in speaking out is that scientists don’t want to be seen as suggesting AI “consciousness or AI doing something magic,” but he said AI systems don’t need to be self-aware or setting their own goals to pose a threat to humanity.
“I’m not wedded to some particular kind of risk. I think there’s a lot of different ways for things to go badly,” Krueger said. “But I think the one that is historically the most controversial is risk of extinction, specifically by AI systems that get out of control.”
— O’Brien reported from Providence, Rhode Island. AP Business Writers Frank Bajak in Boston and Kelvin Chan in London contributed.
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i want one!AI-generated influencer has more than 100K fans
Author of the articleenette Wilford
Published Jul 26, 2023 • 2 minute read
AI-generated influencer Milla Sofia.
AI-generated influencer Milla Sofia. PHOTO BY MILLA SOFIA /Instagram
A gorgeous Finnish influencer with luscious blonde hair and beautiful blue eyes is taking the Internet by storm.
Milla Sofia, 19, from Helsinki, is often dressed sexily in her posts and has grown her followings on Instagram (35,000), TikTok (93,000) and Twitter/X (9,000).
Too bad she’s not real.
“I am 19-year old robot girl living in Helsinki,” reads her Instagram bio. “I’m an AI creation.”
Sofia’s website, a.k.a. “virtual realm,” further expands on her existence:
“I am not your ordinary influencer; I am a 19 year old woman residing in Finland, but here’s the twist — I’m an AI-generated virtual influencer.”
Sofia calls herself a fashion model who brings “an unparalleled and futuristic perspective to the realm of style,” whether she is on a catwalk or “digital landscape.”
She continues: “Join me on this exhilarating journey as we delve into the captivating fusion of cutting-edge technology and timeless elegance. Let’s embark together on an exploration of the intriguing intersection of fashion, technology, and boundless creativity.”
And that’s the difference between Sofia and other virtual influencers — Milla isn’t hiding the fact that she is generated by artificial intelligence.
And it seems people are OK with that as her follower count appears to increase by the minute.
“You are the perfect female,” wrote one admirer.
Another called her “very natural and sexy.”
One user gushed, “Babe would u be my gf, i love u,” while others asked to chat with her.
Those out there who did not read her bio or are deluded enough to think they can score with Sofia, they should think again.
What her existence is achieving is user data that she can use to evolve further as she continues to learn at an astounding pace.
That may be because she has been studying at the University of Life since last month, according to her website.
“Being an AI-generated virtual influencer ain’t your typical educational path, but let me tell you, I’m always on the grind, learning and evolving through fancy algorithms and data analysis,” reads her education description.
“I’ve got this massive knowledge base programmed into me, keeping me in the loop with the latest fashion trends, industry insights, and all the technological advancements.”
One person commented to Sofia’s fans: “She’s literally a bot and some of y’all are going nuts over it. Seek help. Plz.”
Another asked, “Why are people following a robot?? How sad is your life? We are in trouble because the world doesn’t know or care about what’s real anymore.”
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