Global Elites Suddenly Starting to Fear AI

Bear Mode This time last year, the billionaires at the World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland were impossibly gung-ho about artificial intelligence. But now cracks are forming, and they sound somewhat concerned. As the Washington Post and other outlets report, this year’s gathering at Davos has featured a decidedly shifted tone as the world’s most influential movers and shakers start to see just how dangerous AI might be. “Last year, the conversation [surrounding AI] was ‘gee whiz,'” IBM government affairs vice president Chris Padilla told WaPo. “Now, it’s what are the risks? What do we have to do to make AI trustworthy?” Between the untold number of jobs lost to the AI frenzy and the risk of even more rampant disinformation in this year’s American presidential election, business, government and economic leaders have begun openly wondering whether the world should — or perhaps even can, at this point — pump the brakes. “Human beings must control the machines instead of having the machines control us,” Chinese Premier Li Quang said during a speech at the conference. “AI must be guided in a direction that is conducive to the progress of humanity, so there should be a red line in AI development — a red line that must not be crossed.” AI Bomb Even OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, attending Davos for the first time, took a more conciliatory tone when addressing increasing concerns about the technology he’s shepherding into existence. “The OpenAI-style of model is good at some things,” he said, “but…Global Elites Suddenly Starting to Fear AI

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