Former Google CEO Warns That Humans Will Fall in Love With AIs

Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and coauthor of the book “The Age of AI,” has said that he’s worried humans will start falling in love with AI. It’s a fair concern, considering that, well, a good number of them already have. “Imagine a world where you have an AI tutor that increases the educational capability of everyone in every language globally,” Schmidt told ABC News in a Sunday interview, adding that this use case, among others, is “remarkable.” “And these technologies, which are generally known as large language models, are clearly going to do this,” he continued. “But, at the same time, they face extraordinary – we face extraordinary new challenges from these things,” Schmidt added, before asking rhetorically: “what happens when people fall in love with their AI tutor?” It’s a particularly timely example, as just this week, The Washington Post reported that OpenAI tech is powering a Silicon Valley private school’s newly-unveiled AI tutor. While some might balk at the notion that some kid out there might actually develop romantic feelings for their AI tutor, it’s really not that far-fetched. The internet is often a place where kids and adults alike — especially those who feel disaffected in some way — go to find community, friendship, and sometimes even digital romance. It’s therefore more than conceivable to imagine that human-mimicking chatbots, designed to offer help and care to users, could fill such a void. And to that end, while LLMs and the bots that they power are hard enough to…Former Google CEO Warns That Humans Will Fall in Love With AIs

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