(PatriotWise.com) — The co-founder of Google Brain suggested that tech companies have been stoking fear about the risks posed by artificial intelligence to shut down competition, Business Insider reported.
Andrew Ng, a Stanford University adjunct professor, told The Australian Financial Review that Big Tech sought to trigger regulations by claiming that artificial intelligence would make humans go extinct.
He said some large tech companies don’t want to compete with open-source technology, so they’ve ginned up fears that AI could lead to “human extinction.” This fear has been used by lobbyists to argue for regulations and laws that Ng believes would damage the “open-source community.”
Last spring, tech CEOs and AI experts signed a statement from the Center for AI Safety comparing the risks from artificial intelligence to those of nuclear war and pandemics. Among those who signed onto the statement were DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and Anthropic CEO Dario Amodei.
Over the past year, governments worldwide have taken steps to regulate artificial intelligence, citing possible job losses, safety concerns, and even the risks to humans. The European Union will likely become the first to enforce regulations surrounding generative AI.
Ng told the Australian Financial Review that the fear of AI wiping out humanity could lead to regulations requiring licensing of the technology, which could crush innovation. He suggested that any regulations should be thoughtfully created.
On Monday, President Biden signed an executive order requiring the AI industry to develop safety and security standards and issued directives to federal agencies on how to oversee the new technology.
The president’s order directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology to create a set of standards ensuring that AI tools are safe and secure before being released to the public.
The order also instructs the Commerce Department to issue guidance on adding watermarks and labels to AI-generated content to make it easy to differentiate from authentic content.
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