New Delhi,UPDATED: Apr 9, 2023 13:06 IST
By Divyanshi Sharma: Artificial intelligence (AI) has been the talk of the industry ever since ChatGPT gained popularity. The AI chatbot has been around since November 2022 and has come a long way since then. It was initially rolled out as an experimental conversational chatbot and was free for use. Gradually, a paid version of the chatbot was also rolled out along with the free version that remained available for use. After ChatGPT, other companies also rolled out their own AI tools. Microsoft introduced Bing and Google introduced Bard. More recently, Meta hopped on the AI bandwagon and announced its own language model, SAM, with the ability to identify different objects within an image. While the world is rapidly expanding its understanding of AI, some tech leaders are against this and have called for a 6-month pause on the development of AI.
However, ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt says that the pause on AI development will only benefit China.
Ex-Google CEO opposes pause on AI development
According to a Business Insider report originally attributed to Australian Financial Review, ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that he is ‘not in favour of a six-month pause (on AI development), because it will simply benefit China’. He further added that AI’s rapid development has certain ‘concerns’ that could have been understated till now.
He said, “Things could be worse than people are saying,” and added that as large language models get bigger they have “emergent behaviour we don’t understand.”
Other news report state that the former Google CEO says that the need of the hour is for all tech companies to come together and set certain ‘guardrails’ for their AI systems.
Elon Musk and other tech experts’ letter
Elon Musk made headlines recently for signing an open letter, along with many other tech experts, calling for a pause on AI development for at least six months. The letter stated that the AI labs are currently engaged in a ‘lethal race to outshine each other in the AI race’. Further, the letter adds that these systems can’t be understood, predicted, or controlled by anyone, not even their creators.
“Therefore, we call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4. This pause should be public and verifiable, and include all key actors. If such a pause cannot be enacted quickly, governments should step in and institute a moratorium,” the letter read.
In the last few months, along with AI’s popularity, a lot has been said about its possible ill-effects as well. One of these being the ability to spread misinformation. This possibility garnered interest particularly when deep fake images of former US President Donald Trump getting arrested had gone viral.