An open letter signed by over 1,000 individuals calls for an immediate pause on the development of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months. The letter highlights the profound risks that human-competitive AI systems pose to society and humanity and expresses concern about the lack of planning and management. It urges AI labs to focus on making existing systems more accurate, safe, interpretable, and trustworthy. The pause would provide an opportunity for AI labs and independent experts to develop shared safety protocols and AI governance systems, including regulatory authorities, oversight, and robust public funding for AI safety research. The letter concludes by emphasizing the potential for a flourishing future with AI if development is managed responsibly, and calls for enjoying the benefits of an “AI summer” rather than rushing unprepared into unknown territory. 

Notable tech leader signatories include: 

  • Elon Musk (SpaceX, Tesla, Twitter) 
  • Steve Wozniak (Apple) 
  • Jaan Tallinn (Skype) 
  • Evan Sharp (Pinterest) 
  • Chris Larsen (Ripple) 

Esteemed researchers from leading universities: 

  • MIT 
  • Carnegie Mellon 
  • Stanford 
  • Oxford 
  • Yale 
  • Georgia Tech 
  • UC Berkeley

Here’s the link to the petition…  

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