Billionaire businessman Elon Musk and a range of tech leaders called on Wednesday for a pause in the development of powerful artificial intelligence (AI) systems to allow time to make sure they are safe.

Iran PressAmerica: Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak are among hundreds of high-profile technologists, entrepreneurs, and researchers calling on AI labs to immediately stop work on powerful AI systems, urging developers to step back from the “out-of-control race” to deploy ever more advanced products while we better assess the risks advanced artificial intelligence poses to humanity.

An open letter, signed by more than 1,000 people so far including Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, was in response to San Francisco startup OpenAI’s recent release of GPT-4, a more advanced successor to its widely-used AI chatbot ChatGPT that helped spark a race among tech giants Microsoft and Google to unveil similar applications.

The company says its latest model is much more powerful than the previous version, which was used to power ChatGPT, a bot capable of generating tracts of text from the briefest of prompts.

“AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity,” said the open letter titled “Pause Giant AI Experiments”.

“Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable,” it said.

Musk was an initial investor in OpenAI and spent years on its board. His car firm Tesla develops AI systems to help power its self-driving technology, among other applications.

The letter, hosted by the Musk-funded Future of Life Institute, was signed by prominent critics as well as competitors of OpenAI like Stability AI chief Emad Mostaque.

A number of governments are already working to regulate high-risk AI tools. The United Kingdom released a paper on Wednesday outlining its approach, which it said: “will avoid heavy-handed legislation which could stifle innovation”. Lawmakers in the 27-nation European Union have been negotiating the passage of sweeping AI rules.


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