A Call to Pause Giant AI Experiments: Over 50,000 People Sign an Open Letter for a Safer AI Future

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3 min readApr 10, 2023

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According to Future of Life who initiated the open letter with other AI researchers: Pause Giant AI Experiments has collected over 50,000 signatures whose goal is to urge AI labs to pause the development of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months. The call comes as concerns grow about the potential risks and unintended consequences of AI systems that no one, not even their creators, can understand, predict, or reliably control.

The letter highlights the need for such a pause due to the rapid advancements in AI capabilities, leading to the development of human-competitive AI systems. The signatories believe that decisions about AI’s role in society should not be left to unelected tech leaders, and that powerful AI systems should only be developed once their effects are proven positive and their risks manageable.

The goal of the letter is to encourage AI labs and independent experts to use the six-month pause to develop and implement shared safety protocols for advanced AI design and development. These protocols should ensure that AI systems are safe beyond a reasonable doubt, allowing society to adapt and enjoy the benefits of AI.

So far the signatories of the letter include top researchers in AI, business…

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