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The CEO of one of the most popular artificial intelligence platforms warns that AI systems could eventually be capable of “superhuman persuasion.”
“I expect AI to be capable of superhuman persuasion long before it is superhuman in general intelligence,” CEO of OpenAI, the company behind the popular ChatGPT platform, said on social media earlier this month.
He added that such possibilities “could lead to very strange results.”
Altman’s comments come as fears about what the rapidly developing AI technology could ultimately be capable of have continued to grow, with some speculating that the technology could surpass humans’ cognitive functions.
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While Altman didn’t elaborate on what exactly the “strange outcomes” he was referring to might look like, some experts questioned how legitimate such fears are.
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“There’s a threat to persuasive AI, but not to the way people think. AI won’t discover some subliminally encoded message that turns people into mindless zombies,” Christopher Alexander, head of analytics at Pioneer Development Group, told Fox NewsDigital.
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“Machine learning and pattern recognition will ensure that an AI will become very good at identifying which persuasive content works, in what frequency and at what time. This is already happening with digital advertising. Newer, more advanced AI will get better at it.”
As for turning people into “mindless zombies,” Alexander argued that the technology to do that is already widespread.
“Social media already does that and it’s hard to top,” Alexander said.
Aiden Buzzetti, president of the Bull Moose Project, also wondered how close AI is to the ability for “superhuman persuasion,” noting that current platforms like ChatGPT still have trouble delivering “accurate information rather than hallucinating books, articles and movies just to come up with the idea’. an answer that ‘seems correct.'”
“It would be no different than a human being who is rhetorically gifted, with the exception that some people find the implicit nature of technology more trustworthy,” Buzzetti told Fox News Digital. “That said, there’s nothing to worry about right now, and any fears about this are misplaced. The real question would be: when will AI accurately match or surpass human intelligence? There’s nothing superhuman about it.”
But Phil Siegel, founder of the Center for Advanced Preparedness and Threat Response Simulation (CAPTRS), argued that “we’re already at that point” of such belief with “some AI technology.”
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“If a bad actor codes an AI algorithm to misuse data or draw incorrect conclusions, I think he can convince it is right,” Siegel told Fox News Digital. “But the solution is the same as how to treat experts: respect their knowledge, but don’t take it as a given.”
Siegel noted that the argument could be made that human experts “often convince people of things that later turn out to be untrue,” something that would also apply to AI.
“It’s literally the same problem,” Siegel said. “It requires the same solution, which is to question and not accept answers as given by human or machine experts without testing them under pressure.”
Meanwhile, Jon Schweppe, policy director of the American Principles Project, told Fox News Digital that such concerns are justified, joking that we could one day see robots running for Congress.
“It stands to reason that as AI learns to simulate human behavior, it also learns to mislead sensitive people and commit fraud,” Schweppe said. “Give it a few years, and we might have AI androids running for Congress. They are a perfect fit for Washington.”
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