The speed at which tools based on generative artificial intelligence (AI) are being deployed, which is capable of creating text, images or music from a series of instructions, is scaring experts.
More than a thousand top-level businessmen, intellectuals, and researchers related to this technology have signed an open letter in which they request a moratorium on its development to reflect on its consequences.
More specifically, they ask for a pause of "at least six months in the development and testing of AI systems more powerful than GPT4", the latest version of the great language model used by ChatGPT.
The letter warns that this latest model is already capable of competing with humans in an increasing number of tasks, and could be used to destroy jobs and spread disinformation.
For this reason, they demand a safe development and only when they are sure that its effects will be positive.
“Unfortunately,” the letter states, “this level of planning and management is not happening, despite the fact that in recent months AI labs have entered a headlong race to develop and deploy increasingly powerful digital minds than anyone else. , even their creators, cannot reliably understand, predict, or control.”
The magnate Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX and owner of Twitter, is among the personalities who have signed the letter.
Curiously, Musk is one of the founders of OpenAI, the company that has developed ChatGPT, which was the first to decide to make its great automatic language model available to the general public, something that no one had done until then, despite the fact that Google o Meta had had its own developments underway for years.
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The historian Yuval Noah Harari, famous for his books
, or Yoshua Bengio, whose contribution to deep neural networks earned him the Turing Prize (considered the Nobel Prize for Computer Science), are other well-known signatories.
Among them also stand out Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, or Jaan Tallinn, co-founder of Skype.
The Spanish seal of the letter is put by internationally renowned experts such as Ramon López de Mántaras, one of the pioneers of AI in Europe;
Carles Serra, director of the CSIC's AI Institute, and Francesc Giralt, emeritus professor at the Rovira i Virgili University.
The first of them signs another open letter published yesterday in EL PAÍS in which he complains about the Government's decision to close a collaboration agreement with an AI institute financed by the United Arab Emirates.
Serra resigned last week from his position on the AI Advisory Council in protest of that agreement.
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