AI could ‘change things in scary ways’

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec2,2023 #change #things
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Ajeya Cotra, an expert on AI risks at Open Philanthropy, believes that AI has begun its golden age.

`AI can develop from a cute and useless toy into a powerful product in a short time. It’s time for people to take AI seriously, because it could soon change everything in a big way.`

In the same vein, Kevin Roose, author of Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humanity in the Age of Automation, said: `Over the past few days, I’ve been playing around with Dall-E 2, software developed by OpenAI in San Francisco.

Photo created from Dall-E 2 with description: `Black and white image of a man taking a selfie in the 1920s`.

Roose said he spent hours coming up with weird, funny and abstract commands to challenge Dall-E 2, such as `a 3D drawing of a suburban house shaped like a croissant.`

`What’s impressive is not just the art it creates, but the way it creates art,` Roose said.

OpenAI’s AI attracted a lot of attention this year.

AI could 'change things in scary ways'

How does AI that draws pictures on demand work?

How Dall-E 2 works.

Silicon Valley is also starting to change the way it views AI.

To date, AI has many applications instead of just staying in the laboratory like a decade ago.

The transformation of AI

Over the past 10 years, a period some researchers call the `golden decade,` AI has developed at a breakneck pace.

Just five years ago, the biggest story in the AI world was AlphaGo – a deep learning model built by Google’s DeepMind – surprising the world’s best Go player.

Last year, DeepMind’s AlphaFold also attracted attention when it used an artificial deep neural network to predict the three-dimensional structure of proteins from amino acid sequences.

Another famous `super AI`, OpenAI’s GPT-3, is also considered equally intelligent.

The most recent is Google’s LaMDA.

Skeptics say claims of AI progress are overblown.

On the contrary, many experts believe cognitive AI is starting to take shape.

`It feels like we’re going from spring to summer. In spring, you plant trees and dream about the future from fresh green buds everywhere. Now, the flowers are blooming,` Clark said.

Despite many advances, the reality is that AI still has bad things, from racial discrimination on chatbot software, to automated driving systems that fail and cause cars to cause accidents.

What to do to control AI?

According to Roose, there are three problems for AI to serve humans in the future.

`Because there are so many new AI systems, regulators need to quickly grasp their speed. Only with control can AI play its role and move in the right direction,` Roose said.

Second, companies investing billions of dollars in AI development like Google, Meta or OpenAI need to be more transparent about what they are doing.

`When information is made public, it is often downplayed or buried in obscure scientific articles,` Roose said.

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