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‘One in four chance’ AI goes ‘catastrophically wrong’ and destroys us all
October 21, 2023
There is a worrying chance of artificial intelligence going "catastrophically wrong" and destroying humanity, according to a top tech boss.
Dario Amodei, CEO of tech firm Anthropic, reckons the chances of AI bringing about the end of the world could stand at around 25%. He believes there is a way of "misusing" AI that could see it turn toward conflict, rather than helping us pick songs on home music devices or add celery to our shopping lists.
Speaking on The Logan Bartlett podcast, Amodei said: "I think I have often said my chance that something goes really quite catastrophically wrong on the scale of human civilization might be 10 to 25%.
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"When you put that together with something going wrong with the model itself, with something going wrong with people or organisations or nation states misusing the model or inducing conflict or some way that society can’t handle it.
"What that means is there is a 75 to 90% chance that this technology is developed and everything goes fine." Amodei – who is set to attend Rishi Sunak's AI summit at Bletchley Park next month – also reckons AI will eventually help cure cancer.
AI worrier Andrea Miotti fears there is a chance big tech company products will kill us all. The Control AI campaigner told The Sun: "The very same Big Tech-backed AI companies that think there’s a 10-25% chance that their products kill you all – are the same ones calling the shots when it comes to regulation at the AI Safety Summit.
"We want to see effective regulation. If the CEOs get their way we are all left less safe."
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