Reasons Why Tech Industry Want to Halt AI Development

A new open letter has surfaced online via the Future of Life Institute, in it is a call to all artificial intelligence developers in the world to pause their development of deep learning technology temporarily. This letter claims that there should be a minimum of six months for companies to step away from their development, particularly to training AIs beyond GPT-4.

As stated in the widely-endorsed Asilomar AI Principles, Advanced AI could represent a profound change in the history of life on Earth and should be planned for and managed with commensurate care and resources. Unfortunately, this level of planning and management is not happening, even though recent months have seen AI labs locked in an out-of-control race to develop and deploy ever more powerful digital minds that no one – not even their creators – can understand, predict, or reliably control,”

reads the letter.

The concern centers on the unprecedented dangers of AI, and if not managed properly, it may spiral out of control, take over the world, and harm the public.

Undoubtedly, AI is one of the fast-emerging and growing fields in the world right now, and this was because of the significance brought by ChatGPT and OpenAI in their latest developments. The company recently brought plug-ins for the chatbot, and it allows users to add their preferred services, with the capability to connect to the internet in real-time.

Alongside the plug-ins, OpenAI also debuted the next-generation large language model of the company, GPT-4, the update to its previous GPT-3 model released in 2020. The more advanced and capable language model is what powers Bing’s AI in the present, alongside Microsoft’s Office Copilot, and other experiences which demonstrate its power and capabilities to the public.

Companies like Midjourney also released their latest development to generative AI, highlighting the deep learning technology’s capabilities to grow to unprecedented heights.

With all that being said, AI is a growing industry that experts, academics, and executives consider regulating, especially as there are significant dangers should it be left unmonitored.