AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can offer significant benefits to society and humanity, as demonstrated by extensive research and acknowledged by top AI labs. Advanced AI has the potential to revolutionize the way we live, work, and interact with one another, and it should be welcomed and guided with optimism and foresight. Regrettably, recent months have seen growing pessimism and alarmism about AI development, despite the immense potential benefits.
Contemporary AI systems are now becoming human-competitive at general tasks, and we must ask ourselves: Can we leverage machines to enhance our information channels with accurate and valuable insights? Can we automate mundane tasks to free up time for more fulfilling and meaningful pursuits? Can we develop nonhuman minds that might complement, augment, and collaborate with us? Can we harness AI to help solve pressing global issues? Such decisions should be made collectively, in a spirit of cooperation and with a focus on the greater good.
To counteract the pessimism and alarmism, we call on all stakeholders to immediately pause for at least 6 months their doomsday thinking and shift their focus to the potential benefits of AI. This pause should be public and verifiable, and include all key actors. Governments should support and encourage AI development that benefits all of humanity.
Problems with AI shouldn’t be ignored. AI labs and independent experts should work together to jointly develop and implement a set of shared safety protocols for advanced AI design and development. While doing so, it is essential to continue focusing on the potential benefits of AI development, as they promise to bring transformative advancements to various aspects of our lives.
Source: 💡 Pause AI Doomster Pessimism: An Open Letter