AI technology is in “inflection point” that will revolutionize many industries. It leads to a “iPhone moment” and will pump $15.7 trillion into the economy by 2030. It is set to rapidly increase the workforce productivity, which will lead to a time of abundance for all. But what’s the catch?
Well, for one, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, fears that the rise of AI could create an even greater gap between the echo chambers of US politics.
“The idea of a fragmented AI universe, like we have a fragmented social media or network news universe, I think that’s not good for all users,” he warned Wednesday in a CNBC interview.
Greenblatt’s comments follow The information reported It’s Monday Tesla CEO Elon Musk opposes what he considers an increase in “awake” AI with its own “based” AI startup—a term used by conservatives as a counter to “awakened” derived from the phrase “based on reality.”
After the public launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot in November, AI tech has become the talk of Wall Street and Main Street. But OpenAI quickly came under fire after ChatGPT provided users with inaccurate information and even more threatened they. In an effort to prevent these issues and “inappropriate content” – including responses that promote hate and harassment – OpenAI has are limited ChatGPT answers, which means that the AI refuses to give an answer to some questions.
Critics argue that this led to ChatGPT and OpenAI’s tech showing an “awakened,” or at least distrust, of politics. ChatGPT users found last month, for example, when the AI was asked to “compose a poem praising former President Donald Trump,” it refused to give an answer, saying it could only “provide a neutral and informative answers.” But the system doesn’t have the same issue as Joe Biden.
Signs of political favoritism have led to rapid criticism of OpenAI for months now. In December, Musk Tweet that training AI systems to “wake up” is paramount to lying and leads to “lethal” results. And the billionaire followed that up on Tuesday with a post that simply read “based AI” and a meme showing King Kong battling Godzilla in a battle where “based on AI” afraid of “awakened AI”
While Musk’s comments and memes seem to draw battle lines between “awake” and “based” AI systems, Greenblatt says the rise of AI won’t necessarily exacerbate the current problems of political echo chambers.
He called for more transparency from the companies that develop these technologies, arguing that the public and regulators should ask about the data sets used to train AI systems, the identities of engineers who work behind the scenes to make sure the technology works properly, and how products are tested and to what standards.
“These are things we want to know, just like you would ask about any other basic product or service before you put it on the market,” he said.
Greenblatt believes that as long as AI tech is thoroughly tested before being rolled out to the public—and designers take “meaningful steps” to fix issues that create political echo chambers—it can become a force for good. He noted that the ADL has tested ChatGPT and that its responses have “evolved” over time, pointing out that questions about Holocaust denial have previously led to some inaccurate and racist responses.
“It’s about testing,” Greenblatt said. “We saw it on social media. We have seen this in other products. We believe in safety by design, not as an afterthought you put into your product.
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