Government-commissioned report emphasizes urgent need for U.S. action to prevent “extinction-level” AI threat

by | Mar 11, 2024

A report published Monday commissioned by the U.S. government underscores the urgent need for swift and resolute action to address significant national security concerns arising from artificial intelligence.

Highlighting the potential worst-case scenario of an “extinction-level threat to the human species,” the report emphasizes the gravity of the situation and underscores the imperative for proactive measures to mitigate these risks.

The report, obtained by TIME ahead of its publication, underscores the pressing and escalating risks to national security posed by current advancements in artificial intelligence (AI). It compares the potential destabilizing impact of advanced AI and artificial general intelligence (AGI) to the introduction of nuclear weapons, highlighting the urgency for proactive measures.

AGI, a hypothetical technology capable of performing tasks at or surpassing human levels, remains a focal point of leading AI laboratories, with expectations for its emergence within the next five years or less.

The extensive research conducted for the report involved a year-long effort by the three authors, who engaged with over 200 government officials, experts, and employees from leading frontier AI companies such as OpenAI, Google DeepMind, Anthropic, and Meta.

Insights gleaned from these conversations portray a troubling landscape, revealing that many AI safety professionals within pioneering labs harbor concerns about the potentially skewed incentives guiding decision-making processes controlled by company executives.

The report, commissioned by the State Department in November 2022, was conducted under a federal contract valued at $250,000, as indicated by public records. The report was authored by Gladstone AI, a four-member company specializing in providing technical briefings on AI for government personnel.

The comprehensive report, submitted to the State Department on February 26, spans 247 pages. The document's recommendations are explicitly stated to not represent the official views of the United States Department of State or the U.S. Government, as noted on the first page of the report.

Source: Time

Read more on the report here.

 

 

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