Researchers, experts, industry executives technology and even the billionaire Elon Musk endorsed an open letter last Wednesday (29). In the message, they invite companies from all over the world to pause the development of artificial intelligenceslike the ChatGPTfor a period of six months.
The rapid advance and the absence of security protocols on the subject prompted the publication of the open letter by the non-profit group Future of Life Institute. The theme gained greater traction after the launch of ChatGPTin November last year.
However, there is a billionaire, philanthropist and technology enthusiast artificial intelligence who has not yet commented on the case: bill Gatesfounder of Microsoft.
By the way, Microsoft made a multimillion investment in OpenAI, the company responsible for ChatGPT earlier this year. Although he is no longer in charge of the company, on his blog, Gates discusses issues of technology.
bill Gates he even commented on his profile on twitter who believes that the movement of advances in artificial intelligence is more important until the very creation of Internet.
The fact is that, after so many experts and big names in the sector, taking a stand for or against the open letter, Bill Gates remains silent so far.
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Bill Gates and artificial intelligence
On his blog, the billionaire wrote his thoughts on advances in the area on March 21. That is, before the publication of the open letter from the Future of Life institute.
Despite the “pre-open letter” article being very much in line with current discussions, driven after the open letter was released, Gates did not return to speak directly about the event.
In the first paragraphs, Bill Gates comments on the advantages brought by artificial intelligence (AI) in sectors such as education, health. In addition, he cites productivity gains.
However, in the last paragraphs, he talks about the risks. “Other concerns are not simply technical. For example, there is the threat posed by humans armed with artificial intelligence. Like most inventions, artificial intelligence can be used for good or evil purposes. Governments need to work with the private sector to find ways to limit the risks. Then there is the possibility that the AIs could get out of hand,” he wrote.
Gates doesn’t rule out the possibility that a machine could decide that humans are a threat, and conclude that its interests are different, simply by ceasing to care about humanity. “But this problem is no more pressing today than it was before AI developments in recent months. Superintelligent artificial intelligences are in our future,” she says.
For Bill Gates, no matter what happens, the subject of artificial intelligence will dominate public discussion for the foreseeable future.
On the blog, the billionaire highlights three suggestions on how to deal with the scenario.
“First, we must try to balance fears about the downsides of artificial intelligence – which are understandable and valid – with its ability to improve people’s lives. To make the most of this remarkable new technology, we will need to hedge against the risks and distribute the benefits to as many people as possible.
Second, market forces will not naturally produce AI products and services that help the poorest. The opposite is more likely. With reliable funding and the right policies, governments and philanthropy can ensure that artificial intelligence technologies are used to reduce inequality. Just as the world needs its brightest people focused on its biggest problems, we will need to focus the world’s best AI technologies on its biggest problems.
While we shouldn’t expect that to happen, it’s interesting to wonder whether artificial intelligence would ever spot inequality and try to reduce it. Do you need to have a sense of morality to see inequality, or would a purely rational AI also see it? If you recognized inequality, what would you suggest we do about it?”
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