Should AI labs hit pause?

ChatGPT’s pronouns

In the March 30 Daily Skimm, I read:

“An open letter called on artificial intelligence labs to hit pause on advanced AI projects for six months. More than 1,000 researchers, tech experts, and others signed the letter — including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. They warned companies are creating AI tech so fast and aren’t thinking about the potential consequences. Now, tech leaders are saying that anything smarter than GPT-4 (aka ChatGPT’s newest sibling) may “pose profound risks to society and humanity.”

I’m getting “Black Mirror” flashbacks…

“It’s not the first time experts have raised alarms. While chatbots like ChatGPT have helped people write everything from essays to computer code, they’ve also been linked to disinformation, phishing, and other types of cybercrime. Companies like GoogleMicrosoft, and Snapchat have been rushing to create chatbots that flex their own AI algorithms. It’s got many worried advanced AI could lead to a faster spread of disinformation and that bots could coax people’s behavior.

Can it be stopped?

“Maybe ChatGPT can answer that question.”

I HAD to ask

So, like the lazy blogger I am, I asked it or them or whatever ChatGPT is, “Should artificial intelligence labs hit pause on advanced AI projects for six months?”

“As an AI language model, I do not have opinions or personal beliefs, but I can provide information on this topic.

“There is ongoing debate in the AI community about the risks and benefits of advanced AI development, and whether it is necessary to pause or slow down AI projects. Some researchers and experts have called for a temporary pause on certain AI research in order to ensure that ethical considerations and potential risks are adequately addressed. Others argue that AI development should continue, but with a focus on developing safe and beneficial AI systems.

On one hand…

“One reason for the call to pause AI research is the potential for unintended consequences, including the risk that AI systems could be developed with biases or could be used to create autonomous weapons. Another concern is the risk of job displacement and other economic impacts as AI systems become more advanced.

“However, there are also arguments in favor of continuing AI development, including the potential benefits that AI systems could bring to society in terms of increased efficiency, productivity, and quality of life. Furthermore, some experts argue that it is not feasible or desirable to pause AI development, as other countries or organizations may continue to push forward with research and development.

“In summary, whether AI labs should hit pause on advanced AI projects for six months is a complex and nuanced question, and there are valid arguments on both sides. Ultimately, the decision will depend on a range of factors, including the goals of individual organizations, the ethical considerations involved, and the potential risks and benefits of AI development.”

Since I brought it up

Because I wanted to know, I asked, “What are ChatGPT’s prnouns?” Yes, I put in the typo, which I noticed right away.

“As an AI language model, I do not have gender or personal pronouns. You can refer to me as “it”. My purpose is to assist with answering questions and providing information to the best of my knowledge based on the data I was trained on. If you have any questions or need assistance with anything else, feel free to ask!”

I was interested in how Grammarly would feel about ChatGPT’s word choices. Grammarly likes articles: “an ongoing debate”  It prefers “regarding” to “in terms of” and “various” instead of “a range of.” “In order to” should be “to.” It eliminates the second of the “could be” references. Also, it axed “to pause AI development” in the penultimate paragraph as redundant.

I’ve now had a bot check the work of a bot. This is getting too meta for me.

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