AI technology companies locked in race to the bottom

21/09/2023 | The Guardian

In an interview with The Guardian, the author of an open letter from earlier this year calling for a six-month pause in developing powerful artificial intelligence (AI) systems said the letter did not succeed in halting the development of highly advanced AI models. Max Tegmark, a Future of Life Institute co-founder, explained that he did not expect the letter to stop tech companies due to intense competition and a "race to the bottom" mentality. However, he views the letter as a success, citing a growing political awareness of AI safety and societal risks. In May, a statement from the Center for AI Safety, backed by hundreds of tech executives and academics, declared that AI should be considered a societal risk on par with pandemics and nuclear war.

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