Google AI Boss Says AI Is an Existential Threat to Humankind

Red Alert Does the development of artificial intelligence pose a threat to humanity? Google’s head of AI in the United Kingdom Demis Hassabis thinks so, likening it to climate change in an interview with The Guardian, citing fears that humans could develop a superintelligent system that goes rogue, among other malicious possibilities. “We must take the risks of AI as seriously as other major global challenges, like climate change,” he told the paper, also citing the possibility that AI could make it easy to create bioweapons. “It took the international community too long to coordinate an effective global response to this, and we’re living with the consequences of that now. We can’t afford the same delay with AI.” While AI could help many sectors such as medicine, he called for an independent body governing AI akin to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a view that even former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt also espouses. In fact, a day after Hassabis’ interview was published, Google, Microsoft, OpenAI and Anthropic announced a $10 million AI Safety Fund, meant “to advance research into the ongoing development of the tools for society to effectively test and evaluate the most capable AI models.” Hassabis praised the move in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, saying, “We’re at a pivotal moment in the history of AI.” Risky Futures Despite all this very public handwringing from AI gurus, just how serious are people like Hassabis and companies like Google on AI safety and…Google AI Boss Says AI Is an Existential Threat to Humankind

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