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Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, warns of the dangers of artificial intelligence

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Google CEO from 2001 to 2011 Eric Schmidt said Wednesday, May 24, that artificial intelligence (AI) can “harm or kill” people in the context of “existential risk.” This comment comes on top of other tech executives’ concerns about the development of artificial intelligence.

Eric Schmidtwho spoke on Wednesday at the CEB-hosted Summit Wall Street Journal, warned of the dangers of AI, which could “harm or kill” “a lot of people”. Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Alphabet from 2015 to 2017, said AI regulation is a “broader issue for society,” adding that he believes the US is unlikely to create a regulatory agency.

Sundar PichaiCEO of Google and Alphabet, wrote in financial times that “artificial intelligence is the deepest technology humanity is working on today”, while specifying that it is important to “ensure that we as a society do things right”.

CEO of Twitter, Elon Muskand co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniakon an open letter in March, alongside the politician Andrew Yangco-founder of Skype, Jean Tallinnfrom the co-founder of Pinterest, Evan Sharperco-founder of Ripple, Chris Larson. In the letter, they urged AI Labs to “immediately cease” work to slow an “uncontrolled race” to develop the technology.

Sam AltmanCEO of OpenAI, told ABC News in March that his company was “a little scared” of the potential of AI, adding that it “will be the greatest technology humanity has ever developed.”

Eric Schmidt calls for vigilance: “There are scenarios, not today, but in the near future, where these systems will be able to detect vulnerabilities zero days To exploit or discover new species of biology. He adds, “When this happens, we want to make sure we know how bad people might misuse these tools.”

Philanthropist Billionaire Bill Gates He praised the impact that artificial intelligence can have on society, noting that it has seen “incredible” progress in recent months. Microsoft, which was founded by Bill Gates in 1975, is said to have invested $10 billion in OpenAI. In a blog post, Bill Gates acknowledged the issues raised in the letter signed by Elon Musk and others, while stating that social concerns about technology should be regulated by the government to ensure it is used wisely. Bill Gates has also suggested that AI can be used to improve productivity, reduce the number of preventable child deaths worldwide, and improve inequality in education.

Eric Schmidt’s warning followed his involvement with the US National Security Committee on Artificial Intelligence, which released a report in 2021 stating that the US government “is not ready today for this new technology.” Eric Schmidt has also called for an increase in the US budget for research and development $2 billion In 2022, then double the contributions until they reach $32 billion The year is 2026. Earlier this month, the White House published a plan to combat the potential risks of artificial intelligence, including financing $140 million To create research institutes responsible for promoting responsible innovation. Calls for AI regulation have accelerated in recent months following the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT late last year. Other companies, including Google, have since launched their own AI-powered chatbot models.

According to the latest estimates ForbesEric Schmidt, who also co-founded the venture capital firm Innovation Endeavors, has a wealth of $20.1 billion.

Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: T Roche

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