A gap in the development of artificial intelligence? It won’t solve the problem, says Bill Gates

Gates has always been a strong proponent of artificial intelligence and sees it as a revolution as important as the internet or cell phones. In a blog post titled “The Age of Artificial Intelligence Has Begun” Gates stated that artificial intelligence should be used to solve the world’s biggest problems, including inequality, disease, and global climate change.

However, Gates believes that artificial intelligence must be used responsibly and that we must be careful to avoid potential negative consequences. “Obviously, these things have great benefits. But we have to identify difficult areas.”

The development of AI has become an increasingly controversial topic in recent years, mainly because of concerns about the potential misuse of this technology. Letters from experts about artificial intelligence requesting a pause in development was published in response to the recent success of OpenAI, namely the GPT-4 language model, which can carry on human conversation, write songs and summarize long documents.

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“This suspension should be publicly available and verifiable… If it can’t be done quickly, the government should step in and impose a moratorium,” said the signatories to a petition published by the nonprofit Future of Life Institute.

For example, billionaire Elon Musk, who is a co-sponsor of OpenAI, signed the call, as well as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, head of Stability AI Emad Mostaque, philosopher Yuval Noah Harari, and professors from North America and other universities.

However, Gates believes that a possible pause in AI development will be difficult to implement, because it will be difficult to convince all countries in the world to stop developing AI. At the same time, he acknowledges that there are many different views on how AI should be used, and we must try to strike a balance between the potential benefits and risks of the technology.

Even OpenAI director Sam Altman admitted in a recent interview that he’s “a little scared” of the future. “We have to be careful here,” he told ABC News on the occasion of the launch of GPT-4. However, he also expressed his opinion that artificial intelligence is perhaps “the best technology that humanity has developed so far.” According to Reuters, Altman was not among the more than 1,000 signatories to the new call.

A phenomenon called ChatGPT

Artificial intelligence has taken center stage with the development of ChatGPT. This chat system can generate various texts including articles, essays, jokes and poems based on a simple query. ChatGPT learns to respond to user input and, like humans, learns from large amounts of data.

In March this year, the more advanced GPT-4 artificial intelligence model was introduced. It should be able to provide safer and more useful answers and pave the way for the spread of human-like technologies.

ChatGPT is behind OpenAI, a start-up funded by Microsoft.

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