AI Leaders and Public Figures on AI: ‘Mitigating Risk of Extinction Should Be Global Priority’

AI Leaders and Public Figures on AI: ‘Mitigating Risk of Extinction Should Be Global Priority’

News by Roberto OrosaRoberto Orosa
Published: May 30, 2023

AI leaders and several public figures have signed a 22-word statement that warns the public about the risk to humanity that AI brings.  

The statement reads: “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.” 

According to the Center for AI Safety, the statement was meant to open up the discussion and make it known that a growing number of experts and public figures take the risks of AI seriously.  

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Some of the signatories include CEOs from top AI companies, including OpenAI’s Sam Altman and Ilya Sutskever, Google Mind’s Demis Hassabis, and Anthropic’s Dario Amodei.  

Additionally, AI experts who have signed in support of the statement include UC Berkeley Professor Dawn Song, University of Toronto Professor and 2018 Turning Award-winner Geoffrey Hinton, among others.  

This is not the first time high-profile figures have released a statement over the growing concern aboutof AI and its rapid development.  

Last March, Elon Musk and other prominent figures have signed an open letter calling for the pause of giant AI experiments for at least six months due to “profound risks to society and humanity.”  

Aside from Musk, signatories also included Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak, Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp, and more.

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