Elon's AI Warning, RESTRICT Act, Trump's Arrest, Meme Crimes
Twitter News Digest for the week of 3/30-4/4
This week’s news digest covers Elon’s big warning about AI, the RESTRICT Act, Trump’s Arrest, and other crimes and misdememers. Don’t miss Dogey Treats and Memes of the Week at the end!
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Elon’s AI Warning
Last week, Elon sounded the alarm on AI.
In an open letter, he and thousands of other signatories called for a pause on training of AI systems more powerful than OpenAI’s GPT-4.
The letter described “an out-of-control race to develop and deploy ever more powerful digital minds that no one – not even their creators – can understand, predict, or reliably control.”
The letter did not say that AI development should be paused in general, but rather that AI labs should step back “from the dangerous race to ever-larger unpredictable black-box models with emergent capabilities.” Future R&D, it said, should refocus to ensure that future AI is “accurate, safe, interpretable, transparent, robust, aligned, trustworthy, and loyal.”
It also called for a robust set of AI regulatory authorities capable of holding AI systems accountable.
One of the risks cited in the letter was AI-powered propaganda. In another exchange, Elon put up a million dollar bounty for anyone that can prove who’s behind AI botnets on Twitter.
After the letter was released, he lamented that his warning would probably be ignored.
On Tuesday, Joe Biden met with advisers about the risks of AI, saying it “remains to be seen” if AI is dangerous.
AI is quickly becoming ubiquitous online. The past month was perhaps the biggest month for the technology ever, with dozens of groundbreaking software releases.
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