What if there were a 10 percent chance humans would go extinct from AI? Would you at least want to push the "pause button" on AI and reassess before moving full-speed ahead with new AI tech?
This isn't just a scary hypothetical.
On radio today, Glenn pointed to a new, harrowing study finding that 50 percent of AI researchers believe there is a 10 percent or greater chance humans will go extinct because we cannot control AI. If you were about to board a plane, and half of its engineers said there was more than a 10 percent chance the plane would crash, would you still board the aircraft?
I sure wouldn't. I don't think most people would. So why aren't we raising the same level of concern with AI?
50 percent of AI researchers believe there is a 10 percent or greater chance humans will go extinct because we cannot control AI.
Co-founders of the Center for Humane Technology, Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin, attempted to explain the mainstream apathy towards the dangers of AI during a lecture in front of Big Tech heavy hitters, including the creator of Siri.
Harris and Raskin argued most people don't fear AI because the type of AI technology we have been introduced to, like Siri or ChatGPT, seems benign at its very worst. Yet, as they both point out, comparing these common forms of AI to the advancements being developed is like comparing the Wright brothers' first airplane to a Boeing jetliner. They are two completely different engines, incomparable in both power and advancement.
Comparing common forms of AI to advancements being developed is like comparing the Wright brothers' first airplane to a Boeing jetliner.
In the same way, AI has progressed FAR beyond Siri and ChatGPT. Harris and Raskin cited a study finding AI technology could read an MRI scan of a human's brain and articulate exactly what the person on the scan was thinking and seeing. Glenn also pointed to a terrifying World Economic Forum video showing AI mind-reading integration into the everyday workspace.
Are you concerned yet? You should be. It's just the beginning.
Glenn wants his audience to be as prepared for the AI Revolution as possible and has urged his listeners to watch Harris and Raskin's conference, which you can find below.
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