42 Percent of CEOs Think AI May Destroy Humanity This Decade

Big Names A large proportion of CEOs from a diverse cross-section of Fortune 500 companies believe artificial intelligence might destroy humanity — even as business leaders lean into the gold rush around the tech. In survey results shared with CNN, 42 percent of CEOs from 119 companies surveyed by Yale University think that AI could, within the next five to ten years, quite literally destroy our species. While the names of specific CEOs who share that belief were not made public, CNN notes that the consortium surveyed during Yale’s CEO Summit event this week contained a wide array of leaders from companies including Zoom, Coca-Cola and Walmart. The breakdown of beliefs is pretty striking: while 34 percent of the surveyed CEOs say they think AI could extinguish humanity in the next 10 years and an additional eight percent said the same could happen within the next five, 58 percent say they’re “not worried” and that they don’t think such a catastrophe will happen at all. Ironically, 42 percent of the CEOs also said they think the risk of AI is overblown. “It’s pretty dark and alarming,” Yale’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, who conducted the survey during the virtual summit event, told CNN. Over/Under When it comes to the upsides of AI, the CEOs were still divided, though much less so than when asked about its dangers. A mere 13 percent of those 119 CEOs said that they think the touted benefits of AI were overstated, while the remaining 83 said that they don’t think AI’s potential…42 Percent of CEOs Think AI May Destroy Humanity This Decade

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