A technology official at artificial intelligence company OpenAI warned that if the AI is misprogrammed, the platforms could become far more addictive than modern social media and could effectively enslave humanity.
Mira Murati, the 34-year-old chief technology officer at OpenAI, said there is a risk that artificial intelligence is being misdesigned. During the Atlantic Festival in Washington, DC, Murati made comments that served as a warning about the “significant risk” of programming AI the wrong way.
“With the ability and that increased ability comes the other side, which is the possibility that we design them wrong and they become extremely addictive and we become enslaved to them, so to speak,” she told the Epoch times.
Murati explained that more work needs to be done to determine the risks of such addictive technology and suggested that researchers need to find out how people react to potential addictions.
“We really don’t know outside the box. We must discover, we must learn and we must explore,” she asserted. “There is significant risk in getting them wrong or developing them further in ways that do not actually enrich our lives but actually create even greater risk.”
“I think about trade-offs: how much value does this technology provide in the real world and how much do we mitigate the risks,” she added.
During a recent sit-down interview, Murati said the ultimate goal is to align AI with human values.
“You shouldn’t do it wrong; it could be very dangerous. This is where reinforcement learning with human feedback was developed,” she noted. “What we really wanted to do was align the AI system with human values and get it to receive human feedback, and based on that human feedback it would be more likely to do the right thing.” [and] It’s less likely to do what you don’t want it to do,” the CTO explained.
Microsoft announced a billion-dollar investment OpenAI in January 2023 to “accelerate AI breakthroughs to ensure these benefits are shared with the world,” the company said in a blog post.
Key pillars of advancing AI technology listed by Microsoft included adding cross-application capabilities and leveraging OpenAI’s existing technology to build future apps.
The company said it wants to continue “supercomputing at scale,” which it said would “increase investment in the development and deployment of specialized supercomputing systems to accelerate OpenAI’s groundbreaking independent AI research.”
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