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‘Mitigating AI’s Extinction Risk Must Be a Global Priority’

by Pieter Werner

AI experts, journalists and policymakers are raising concerns about the risks associated with advanced artificial intelligence (AI). In an effort to overcome the difficulties in discussing some of the most severe risks posed by AI, a group of prominent figures from the AI industry has issued a succinct statement. This statement aims to promote discussion and increase awareness of the experts and public figures who take the risks of advanced AI seriously.

The statement asserts that mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority on par with other societal-scale risks, such as pandemics and nuclear war. This bold assertion reflects the growing recognition among AI professionals and thought leaders that the potential dangers of AI, if left unchecked, could have catastrophic consequences for humanity.

Among the signatories of this statement are some of the most prominent figures in the AI industry. Geoffrey Hinton, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google DeepMind, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, James Manyika, SVP, Research at Google-Alphabet and Eric Horvitz, Chief Scientific Officer at Microsoft.

While AI has the potential to bring about transformative advancements and benefits, it also carries inherent risks. Ensuring the responsible development and deployment of AI systems is essential to minimize the potential negative consequences. The statement serves as a call to action for policymakers, industry leaders, and society as a whole to prioritize the long-term safety and ethical considerations of AI.

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