With AI, let's not move fast and break things
teach computers how to read and write like humans. In the last few years, there have been remarkable advances in artificial intelligence, with computers learning how to read and write like humans.
Merriam-Webster says that "a Pandora's Box" is "anything that appears ordinary, but can produce unexpected harmful results." Recently, I've thought a lot about Pandora's Boxes, as we Homo Sapiens are doing something that we've never tried before: opening the lids of two large Pandora's Boxes at the same moment, with no idea what might come out.
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This is the first time that humanity has been able to create something godlike, with a level of intelligence approaching general intelligence. It's a far cry from the natural brainpower we have evolved to possess.
Climate change is the other Pandora's Box. We humans, for the first ever, are driving ourselves god-like from one climate epoch to another. This power has been largely limited to the natural forces of the earth's rotation around the sun. As we simultaneously lift the lids, the question that I have is: what kind of ethics and regulations must we implement to control the screaming?
We didn't realize how social networks could be used to undermine two of the most important pillars in any free society: truth and trust. So if we approach generative
If we follow Mark Zuckerberg’s reckless mantra from the beginning of social networks – "move quickly and break things", we will break things more rapidly, harder, and deeper than anyone could imagine.
Dov Seidman is the founder and chairman of the HOW Institute for Society. He told me that there was a lack of imagination in the release of social networks and a subsequent failure to respond responsibly to the unimaginable consequences they had on the lives of millions of people. "We wasted a lot time and lost our way in thinking that social networks could only bring good things.
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People and giving them a voice. "We cannot afford to have artificial intelligence fail in the same way."
Seidman, who is a board member at the Planet Word museum that my wife founded (and who also serves on its advisory council), added, "There is an urgent imperative, both ethically and legally, for these artificial intelligence technologies to only be used in a way that complements and elevates what makes us unique humans: our curiosity, our creativity and, when we are at our best, hope, ethics and empathy. The adage "with great power comes great responsibilities" has never been truer. We can't afford to have another generation of technologists claiming their neutrality in terms of ethics and saying, "Hey, this is just a platform."
"AI is enabling more powerful, profound and profound forms of empowerment and human interaction." James Manyika is the head of Google's Technology and Society team and Google Research where much of Google's AI innovation takes place. I asked him what he thought about AI's potential and challenges. He said, "We must be both bold and responsible." "We should be bold because AI can help us with our everyday tasks and tackle some of the biggest challenges facing humanity, like health care. It can also lead to new scientific discoveries, innovations, and productivity gains, which will ultimately lead to greater economic prosperity. He added that it will achieve this by giving people access to all of the knowledge of the world - whether in their native language, their preferred communication mode, or via images, text or code - through their smartphone, television, radio, or e book. Many more people will have access to the best help and answers for improving their lives. Manyika added that we must also be responsible. She cited several concerns. These tools must be aligned to the goals of humanity. In the wrong hands, this technology could cause great harm. The bad guys are the early adopters. Manyika said that "the science is ahead to a certain degree" of the engineering. Even the developers of these large language models, which are behind products like ChatGPT or Bard, don't understand their full capabilities and how they function. He added that we can create AI systems that are extraordinarily powerful. They can be taught a few things, such as arithmetic or a language that is rare, or joke explanations. Then, they can do a lot more with those fragments. We don't know how many more things these systems are capable of, either good or bad. We need to regulate, but we must do it carefully and incrementally. If you're most concerned about China surpassing America in AI, then you should be looking to accelerate our AI innovation and not slow it down. You might consider open-sourcing the code of AI if you are looking to democratize it. Open-sourcing is not without its risks. What would the Islamic State do with this code? You have to consider arms control. You want regulation now if you're worried that AI will compound discrimination and privacy violations, as well as other societal harms. You need to create new opportunities for paralegals, financial advisors, translators, rote workers, researchers and other workers that could be replaced by AI today. And maybe lawyers and coders in the future. You should stop AI immediately if you're worried it will become superintelligent, and define its own goals without regard to human safety. Geoffrey Hinton announced on Monday that he would be leaving Google's AI Team. Hinton stated that he believed Google behaved responsibly when it rolled out its AI products, but that he was free to speak about all of the risks. Hinton told The New York Times Cade Metz that it was difficult to prevent bad actors from abusing AI. All of this adds up to one thing: As a society, we are about to make some major trade-offs when we introduce generative artificial intelligence. Government regulation will not be enough to save us. I have a rule: the faster we change, and the more godlike abilities humans develop, the greater the importance of everything old and slow. This includes everything you learned at Sunday school or wherever you get your ethical inspiration. The golden rule must be scaled up as we increase the level of artificial intelligence. Do unto others what you'd like them to do to you. We can now all do more harm to each other than ever before, thanks to the godlike powers that we are gaining. The climate Pandora's Box we are opening is no different. NASA's website explains that "in the last 800,000.00 years there have been 8 cycles of ice age and warmer periods." In the last 11,700 years, the last ice era ended, giving rise to the current climate period, known as the Holocene. This era was characterized with stable seasons, which allowed stable agriculture and the building of human societies, ultimately leading to civilization as we know today. NASA states that "most of these climate change are due to small variations in Earth orbit which affect the amount of energy received by our planet." Say goodbye to this. Environmentalists and geological experts from the International Union of Geological Sciences are now having a heated debate about whether humans have pushed themselves out of the Holocene, into a new geological/climate age called the Anthropocene. This name is derived from the words 'anthropo' (for'man') and 'cene' (for 'new'), because humans have caused mass extinctions, polluted oceans, and altered the climate, among other lasting effects, according to an article published in Smithsonian Magazine. Scientists are concerned that the Anthropocene will not have the same predictable seasons as the Holocene. Agriculture could be a nightmare. AI can save us by accelerating breakthroughs in battery density, fusion and modular nuclear energy, and material science.
If AI can help us to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change
If AI gives us the opportunity to do it all over again
This means implementing smart regulations that will scale up clean energy quickly and with sustainable values. We could end up with a world in which people believe they have the right to drive their Hummer through rainforests now that it is electric. This can't be allowed to happen.
Bottom Line: These two huge Pandora's Boxes
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God help us if, despite our godlike abilities to divide the Red Sea, we fail to follow the Ten Commandments.