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What The Letter Demanding To 'Pause AI Experiments' Is Really About

Stuart Russell, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading experts on AI. He is one of more than 1,000 experts who recently signed an open letter calling for a 6-month pause in the development of AI systems for safety reasons.

Stuart says, "I think there's a lot of misunderstanding about the letter. Some people say it bans AI research and so on but what it really is saying is: we have developed this technology that's pretty powerful, but we haven't developed the regulation to go along with it. At the moment, the technology is moving very fast. Governments tend to move very slowly. So we need a pause on the development and release of still more powerful models so that, in a sense, regulation can catch up."

The release of ChatGPT in November 2022 changed the conversation around AI. While many were struck by its capabilities, almost immediately, cases emerged of it going awry.

As language predictors, these types of AI are concerned with probability rather than truth. So Russell says that we shouldn't be surprised if they contradict themselves or state falsehoods.

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