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ChatGPT's Creators Issue Stark Warning On The Risks of AI
Superhuman AI could pose an existential threat to humanity in next 10 years
The creators of ChatGPT, the AI system developed by startup OpenAI, have warned that superhuman artificial intelligence could pose an "existential threat" to humanity and could become a reality within the next decade.
Top executives at OpenAI, which is reportedly backed by $10 billion from Microsoft to develop ChatGPT, are racing to create software that can make decisions like humans.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, President Greg Brockman and Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever said it is "plausible" that AI will surpass human abilities in most fields within the next 10 years.
In a blog post, the company leaders said "We must mitigate the risks of today's AI as well, but superintelligence will require unique precautions and coordination."
They contend that similar to how the nuclear energy industry is regulated by the International Atomic Energy Agency, superintelligence efforts may eventually need to be overseen by an international body. The executives suggest any AI systems above a certain capability or resource threshold should be subject to regulation by such an authority.
In short, the creators of ChatGPT warn that superhuman AI is advancing rapidly and could pose risks comparable to nuclear technology. They argue strong regulation and oversight may be needed to ensure superintelligent AI is developed responsibly.