An open letter by the Future of Life Institute, which calls for a pause on training language models more powerful than GPT-4, focuses on speculative risks rather than existing problems.
The letter raises concerns about malicious disinformation campaigns, job obsolescence, and long-term existential risks, but ignores the real harms of misinformation, labor exploitation, and near-term security risks.
Misinformation: The spread of false or misleading information, often exacerbated by the careless use of AI tools and automation bias.
Labor exploitation: AI tools shifting power away from workers and centralizing it in the hands of a few companies, leading to unfair compensation or credit.
Near-term security risks: Vulnerabilities in existing AI models that could lead to data leaks, harmful actions, or the spread of worms across the internet.
Containment mindset: The approach of treating AI risks as analogous to nuclear risks, advocating for pausing AI tools, which may not be effective for generative AI.
Product safety and consumer protection: A better framework to regulate the risks of integrating AI models into applications, focusing on specific use cases and potential harms.