Elon Musk Says AI Is A Huge Risk For The Society; Appeals OpenAI To Stop AI Innovation & Development For 6 Months


Radhika Kajarekar

Radhika Kajarekar

Mar 31, 2023



Elon Musk, along with a group of artificial intelligence specialists and business executives are urging a six-month halt to the development of systems more potent than OpenAI’s recently released GPT-4 in an open letter highlighting potential threats to society.

Elon Musk Says AI Is A Huge Risk For The Society; Appeals OpenAI To Stop AI Innovation & Development For 6 Months

Musk and 1000 + People Ask For AI to Be Paused

Musk has sought a regulatory authority to ensure AI development serves the public interest. Musk has expressed displeasure over regulators who have been dismissive of efforts to control the autopilot system.

As per the letter issued by the Future of Life Institute, “Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable.”

According to the European Union’s transparency register, the Musk Foundation, the London-based organization Founders Pledge, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation all contribute significantly to the Future of Life Institute.

More than 1,000 people, including Musk, signed the letter. OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman was not one of the signatories to the letter. The CEOs of Alphabet and Microsoft, Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella, were not signatories either.

AI Should Be on Hold Till Independent Experts Share Safety Norms

Emad Mostaque, the CEO of Stability AI, DeepMind researchers, Yoshua Bengio, who is sometimes described as one of the “godfathers of AI,” and Stuart Russell, a pioneer in the field of AI research, were among the 1000-plus co-signatories.

The letter asks, “Should we let machines flood our information channels with propaganda and untruth? … Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us?”

The letter advocated a hold on advanced AI development until independent experts produced shared safety norms and asked developers to collaborate with decision-makers on governance.

AI Automation Will Kill 66% Of Jobs in US and UK

The danger that AI poses to our jobs is nearer than we expected. 

AI can replace two–thirds of jobs in the US and the European Union because these regions are well exposed to AI automation. The generative AI could help boost annual labor productivity growth in the US market by around 1.5 percent in over a decade, said the sources.

As per reports, AI could help give a boost to the global economy, and Artificial Intelligence could increase global GDP by 7 percent in over 10 years from now. 


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