State Department Report Warns of AI Apocalypse, Suggests Limiting Compute Power Allowed for Training

A report commissioned by the US State Department is warning that rapidly evolving AI could pose a “catastrophic” risk to national security and even all of humanity. The document titled “An Action Plan to Increase the Safety and Security of Advanced AI,” first reported on by TIME, advised that the US government must move “quickly and decisively” — with measures including potentially limiting the compute power allocated to training these AIs — or else risk an “extinction-level threat to the human species.” “The rise of advanced AI and AGI [artificial general intelligence] has the potential to destabilize global security in ways reminiscent of the introduction of nuclear weapons,” the report reads. While we have yet to reach the stage at which AI models can compete with humans on an intellectual level, commonly known as AGI, many have argued that it’s only a matter of time — and we should get ahead of the problem by having the government intervene before it’s too late. It’s only the latest instance of experts warning of AI tech posing an “existential risk” to humanity, including Meta’s chief AI scientist Yann LeCun and a so-called “godfather” of the tech, Google’s head of AI in the United Kingdom Demis Hassabis, and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt. A recent survey also found that over half of the AI researchers surveyed say there’s a five percent chance of humans will be driven to extinction, among other “extremely bad outcomes.” The 247-page State Department report, commissioned in late 2022, involved speaking…State Department Report Warns of AI Apocalypse, Suggests Limiting Compute Power Allowed for Training

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