Top artificial intelligence executives, including OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, joined other experts and professors on Tuesday in urging policymakers to view the technology as one of humanity’s most pressing threats.
More than 350 signatories wrote in a letter published by the non-profit Center for AI Safety (CAIS) that “reducing the risk of extinction from AI must be a global priority.”
It also included Altman, the CEOs of AI companies DeepMind and Anthropic, and executives from Microsoft and Google.
Also among them were Geoffrey Hinton and Joshua Bengio – two of the three “godfathers of AI” who won the 2018 Turing Prize for their work in deep learning – and professors from Harvard to China’s Tsinghua University.
A statement from CAIS identified Yann LeCun, AI’s third godfather, as not having signed the letter.
The letter comes as politicians are expected to talk about regulating AI at a meeting of the US-EU Trade and Technology Council in Sweden.
Bengio and Elon Musk, along with more than 1,000 other experts and industry executives, cited potential risks to society in April.
Recent advances in AI have created tools that proponents say can be used for everything from medical diagnosis to writing legal briefs, but have raised concerns that the technology could lead to issues of privacy violations, aggressive misinformation campaigns, and “smart machines” thinking for themselves. .
AI pioneer Hinton previously told Reuters that AI could pose a “more pressing” threat to humanity than climate change.
Last week, Altman EU AI – the first efforts to create regulation for AI – threatened to over-regulate and leave Europe. After criticism from politicians, he changed his position within days.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will meet with Altmann on Thursday.