Last month, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wrote a blog post praising the company's recent AI push through its partnership with AI. Since then, there have been calls to halt development of AI more powerful than GPT-4, while some countries are banning OpenAI's ChatGPT. Gates, who seems to be fully on board the AI train – says it is impossible to stop development.
In an interview with Reuters, Bill Gates says pausing AI development on a global scale is challenging because it is impossible to organize. Instead, he is calling for developers to focus on how AI can be used to make the world a better place.
“I don't think asking one particular group to pause [AI] solves the challenges,” Gates says. “Clearly there's huge benefits to these things… what we need to do is identify the tricky areas.”
Gate's comments come after an open letter from Elon Musk and other tech experts called for AI development on models more powerful than GPT-4 to pause for at least six months. The open letter comes from the FutureOfLife initiative, a project that wants to place more controls on AI development over concerns about the emergence of artificial general intelligence (AGI).
GPT-4 is both multimodal and generative. Multimodal means it can provide several natural response processes for different tasks, such as image generation, natural language response text, and audio. Generative AI is an intelligence that is capable of generating these responses. These models are self-learning but rely on a data set and are controlled by humans.
A Need for Guidelines and Regulations
The letter states “AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as shown by extensive research and acknowledged by top AI labs,” and calls AI an “out-of-control” race “that no one – not even their creators – can understand, predict, or reliably control.”
Gates insists a pause is not the answer, although he admits that there must be regulations and safeguards in place:
“At the same time, the world needs to establish the rules of the road so that any downsides of artificial intelligence are far outweighed by its benefits, and so that everyone can enjoy those benefits no matter where they live or how much money they have. The Age of AI is filled with opportunities and responsibilities.”
While Gates doesn't want a pause and company's like Microsoft and OpenAI continue to push AI improvements, governments are starting to step in. Italy this week banned ChatGPT over privacy concerns and ordered OpenAI to delete all personal information it has on Italian users.
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