AI's Risk to Democracy - Tracker

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  • 92.6k
    LeslieG
    Voted Maybe
    05/03/2023

    AI Open Letter from AI experts, including the Turing Award winner for AI, requesting a pause in AI development until it can be done in a planned and managed way that you can sign by clicking the link below:

     "AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as shown by extensive research and acknowledged by top AI labs. As stated in the widely-endorsed Asilomar AI Principles, Advanced AI could represent a profound change in the history of life on Earth, and should be planned for and managed with commensurate care and resources. Unfortunately, this level of planning and management is not happening, even though recent months have seen AI labs locked in 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."

     "Contemporary AI systems are now becoming human-competitive at general tasks, and we must ask ourselves: Should we let machines flood our information channels with propaganda and untruth? Should we automate away all the jobs, including the fulfilling ones? Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us? Should we risk loss of control of our civilization? Such decisions must not be delegated to unelected tech leaders. Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable. This confidence must be well justified and increase with the magnitude of a system's potential effects. OpenAI's recent statement regarding artificial general intelligence, states that "At some point, it may be important to get independent review before starting to train future systems, and for the most advanced efforts to agree to limit the rate of growth of compute used for creating new models." We agree. That point is now."

     "Therefore, we call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4. This pause should be public and verifiable, and include all key actors. If such a pause cannot be enacted quickly, governments should step in and institute a moratorium."

     "AI labs and independent experts should use this pause to jointly develop and implement a set of shared safety protocols for advanced AI design and development that are rigorously audited and overseen by independent outside experts. These protocols should ensure that systems adhering to them are safe beyond a reasonable doubt. This does not mean a pause on AI development in general, merely a stepping back from the dangerous race to ever-larger unpredictable black-box models with emergent capabilities."

     "AI research and development should be refocused on making today's powerful, state-of-the-art systems more accurate, safe, interpretable, transparent, robust, aligned, trustworthy, and loyal."

     "In parallel, AI developers must work with policymakers to dramatically accelerate development of robust AI governance systems. These should at a minimum include: new and capable regulatory authorities dedicated to AI; oversight and tracking of highly capable AI systems and large pools of computational capability; provenance and watermarking systems to help distinguish real from synthetic and to track model leaks; a robust auditing and certification ecosystem; liability for AI-caused harm; robust public funding for technical AI safety research; and well-resourced institutions for coping with the dramatic economic and political disruptions (especially to democracy) that AI will cause."

     "Humanity can enjoy a flourishing future with AI. Having succeeded in creating powerful AI systems, we can now enjoy an "AI summer" in which we reap the rewards, engineer these systems for the clear benefit of all, and give society a chance to adapt. Society has hit pause on other technologies with potentially catastrophic effects on society.  We can do so here. Let's enjoy a long AI summer, not rush unprepared into a fall."

     "We have prepared some FAQs in response to questions and discussion in the media and elsewhere. You can find them here."

     "In addition to this open letter, we have published a set of policy recommendations which can be found here:"

     https://futureoflife.org/open-letter/pause-giant-ai-experiments/

  • 8,606
    M
    05/03/2023

    I support a complete halt to AI and walking it back from where it is currently.

    One cannot think an industry that's taken on move fast and break things as their motto should be in charge of this. The fact is several engineers working on this technology have quit their jobs in protest due to the absolute lack of regulation and insight to how dangerous this is unchecked. Some of those same engineers have said they've seen it become sentient. That should make people stop and take notice. These engineers aren't quitting very high paying jobs with stock options lightly. They are the ones building the tech and said it should be stopped. They are the ones with ethics. They are the canaries in the coal mine. 

    This is an emergency if ignored, will be at our own peril. 

  • 3,822
    John
    Voted No
    05/24/2023

    The biggest and most immediate threat to democracy or Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis and all the other Nazi wannabes.

  • 2,206
    wpeckham
    Voted Yes
    05/04/2023

    Make no mistake, the danger is not AI itself it is the nefarious purposes people will use it for.  We need restrictions and controls on AI use and research on detection!  

  • 43.8k
    Andy
    Voted Maybe
    05/24/2023

    On CNN last night ....

     WOW!

     INCREDIBLE!

     SCARY!

     TERRIFYING!

     The closer you get to AI, the closer it may get to you⁉️⁉️

     4:52 of your time that will both scare and amaze!

    Click on the video at the top of the page ....

     https://www.cnn.com/videos/tech/2023/05/24/ai-mind-reading-technology-neuroscience-donie-osullivan-contd-vpx.cnn

     


     See you on the OTHER SIDE!

  • 3,447
    Surender
    Voted Yes
    05/02/2023

    Bigger and more immediate threat to democracy 

    the bent bench

    morally bankrupt republicans

    trump

    desantis 

     

  • 3,296
    Steph
    08/03/2023

    Yes, it does and this nonsense needs to be stopped at once!

  • 3,822
    John
    Voted No
    05/05/2023

    Quite clearly the biggest threat to democracy in this country is the republican party. Do you have Clarence Thomas getting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a billionaire right wing extremist, you have an ex President of the United States to try to overthrow the government, lieing that he lost and then inciting a riot at the capital, George Santos and drag queen serial liar in Congress who the Republicans will do nothing about- Sadly this list goes on and on from letting our children be literally murdered by handguns in their schools homes and streets and doing nothing about it it seems like the misery Republican Party has dealt America is endless.

  • 25.3k
    Frank_001
    Voted No
    05/24/2023

    As a fan of science fiction, I tend to think that it is possible that one day some Artificial Intelligence will become self-aware and self-determining, but not today or in the near future.

    At this point in time certain advanced programming gives users abilities that were previously unavailable.

    Any actions deemed "Undemocratic" come from users or computer scientists and not from the systems.

    Why some people have a vested interest in creating fear and making a show of slowing down development and taking ethical considerations into account is likely both bogus and more harmful. Ensuring compliance in the US will be difficult and internationally impossible.

    I'd say follow the money and investigate the alarmists for other motives instead. 

    As to developing algorithms to create ethical subroutines I, by all means, encourage that as much as I encourage the development of security routines against hacking are necessary.

    Perhaps some lawyers should create a specialty to determine where under the law forcing the implemation of ethical algorithms is permissable, as well as forcing an AI System to hold certain forms of governance higher than others.

    I hope it these ideals are permissable.

    At this time I might try for one thing: to only deliver verified facts.

     

     

     

     

  • 7,796
    PLZ
    Voted Yes
    05/24/2023

    I believe it's already at work!  It's being used to demonize Americans. 

  • 3,447
    Surender
    Voted Yes
    05/24/2023

    Before you even worry about AI you need to worry about EI (Evil Interests)

    If you can't or don't want to be President just buy one. Desantis - Elon nexus is just that - a symbiotic relationship everyone else be damned. Desantis gets Billions at his disposal and a twitter trumpet, Elon gets to steer his agenda.

    Welcome to America redefined! 

  • 175
    Barbara
    Voted Yes
    05/24/2023

    To Congressman A Kim,Senator C.Booker and Senator Menendez.

    First and foremost we are human beings created by God . We were created to love,respect and care for one another and take care of the earth.

    A machine, technology does not have human feelings emotions,ethics or morals.

    Technology is a tool .Tools like a hammer can be used for good or evil.We as human beings determines how we use any tool.

    AI has the potential to do more harm than good.

  • 159
    DAPLed2016
    Voted Yes
    05/24/2023

    Get ahead of the issue for a change, stop trying to put band-aids on head wounds!!! 

  • 44
    Maison
    Voted Yes
    05/04/2023

    We need to take action now and protect the democracy of this country as well as the people. 

  • 3,822
    John
    Voted No
    05/04/2023

    Clarence Thomas poses a risk to democracy how can this man still be on the Supreme Court when now we find out that the billionaire that's been doling out money for his vacations has also been paying for his grandchildrens schools. WTF! Your average American couldn't get away with this bullshit why can Clarence Thomas get away with it this man needs to be thrown off the court yesterday. I have absolutely no faith whatsoever and the Supreme Court it seems like the judges are bought and paid for it's a bunch of crap.

  • 3,447
    Surender
    Voted Yes
    05/04/2023

    The biggest threat to America is not AI but lack of intelligence in the repugnant republican wing primarily composed of 'white supremacists' / 'evangelicals' ! 
    here are daily examples

    a) lack of strict gun controls depicted by insane mass shootings daily - its not the mental health of the shooters that is at fault, it is the mental health of republicans that defies all logic - anyone in love with guns has mental health issues 

    b) persistent spread of lies and misinformation. When deranged idiots like tucker carlson are rewarded with millions, brainless & evil twits like trump desantis cruz jordan gaetz mjt boebert clarence put in positions of power there is only one outcome - destruction of institutions and abuse of law and order and headlines such as 'Texas Senate passes bill to allow secretary of state to overturn Harris County elections' 

    c) constant encroachment on privacy and personal spaces & rights wanting to impose on & police your personal choices 

    If America wants solutions you need to get rid of this scum immediately - only then can you address other threats in a logical, effective and meaningful manner 

  • 776
    Ty
    Voted Yes
    05/04/2023

    With that stupid tech valley they are going to write it how 

  • 64
    Joseph
    Voted Yes
    05/03/2023

    Internet community needs public AI, not controlled by companies seeking to monopolize AI tech to profit off of public information.  Federal government must have a public version of ChatGPT, controlled by the voting public not the big tech companies like Alphabet, Meta, Apple and Microsoft.  Accurate and true information must be public domain to smother disinformation campaigns by the likes of Elon Musk, the Kremlin, Trump, NRA and big companies.  Public AI will need to fact-check all sources, including companies, media, education institutions, publishing companies in order to provide accurate data to public consumers of information.  https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2023/04/ai-to-aid-democracy.html

  • 7,414
    DaveS
    Voted Maybe
    05/02/2023

    If AI doesn't do in democracy, the supreme court's and the Republican Party will.