Listen to this article Google CEO Sundar Pichai Urges Society To Prepare For Impact Of AI Acceleration
During a recent interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai shared his thoughts on the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) and the need for society to prepare for the impact it will have on every product and industry.
The Impact of AI
Pichai issued a warning that the rapid advancement of AI will affect every company and product, and society must adapt and prepare for the technologies that have already been launched. He cited Google’s chatbot Bard as an example of a product with human-like capabilities that could disrupt the jobs of knowledge workers, including writers, accountants, architects, and even software engineers. Pichai emphasized that the consequences of disinformation and fake news and images will be much bigger with the rise of AI, and could cause harm.
The Need for Regulation and Ethics
While Google has launched a document outlining “recommendations for regulating AI,” Pichai stressed that society must quickly adapt with regulation, laws to punish abuse, and treaties among nations to make AI safe for the world. He also called for rules that align with human values, including morality. Pichai emphasized that the development of AI needs to involve not just engineers, but also social scientists, ethicists, and philosophers.
AI and Society
Pichai recognized that society may not have fully equipped themselves for AI technology like Bard, since the pace of technological evolution typically exceeds that of societal institutions. However, he expressed optimism that more people are beginning to worry about the implications of AI, and are doing so early on. Pichai also emphasized the need for transparency in AI systems, and the importance of understanding how they work.
Concerns and Criticisms
Fears of the consequences of rapid AI progress have also reached the public and critics in recent weeks. In March, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and dozens of academics called for an immediate pause in training “experiments” connected to large language models. The models were described as “more powerful than GPT-4,” OpenAI’s flagship LLM. More than 25,000 people have signed the letter since then.
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