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Another former Google chief has issued an apocalyptic warning about artificial intelligence - saying it could 'endanger' humans in five years.
Billionaire Eric Schmidt, who served as Google’s CEO from 2001 to 2011, said there were not enough safeguards placed on A.I and it was only a matter of time before humans lost control of the technology.
He alluded to the dropping of nuclear weapons in Japan as a warning that without regulations in place, there may not be enough time to clean up the mess in the aftermath of potentially devastating societal impacts.
Speaking at a health summit Tuesday, Schmidt said: 'After Nagasaki and Hiroshima, it took 18 years to get to a treaty over test bans and things like that. We don’t have that kind of time today.'
Eric Schmidt warned that must be taken to regulate artificial intelligence, saying it could pose a significant threat to humanity within the next five years.
Schmidt previously believed it could take 20 years before AI poses a danger to society such as discovering weapon access, but that timeframe now appears to be fast approaching, Schmidt said at the Axios AI+ summit in Washington, D.C.
He counseled that the only way to combat this kind of inevitability is to set up an international body similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to ‘feed accurate information to policymakers,’ who can push the urgency of regulating AI and will enable them to take immediate action.
Schmidt is the latest former Google staffer to warn about the repercussions of AI, joining ex-Google engineer Blake Lemoine, former chief business officer Mo Gawdat, computer scientist Timnit Gebru, and of course, the Godfather of AI himself, Geoffrey Hinton.
Hinton, who is credited with creating and advancing AI, said he left Google in April so he could warn people about the dangers of the imposing technology.
'I console myself with the normal excuse: If I hadn’t done it, somebody else would have,' Hinton told the New York Times.
He spoke on the bias and misinformation spurred on by AI, and said the rapidly developing technology may create a world in which many will 'not be able to know what is true anymore.'
'The idea that this stuff could actually get smarter than people — a few people believed that,” Hinton told the outlet. 'But most people thought it was way off. And I thought it was way off. I thought it was 30 to 50 years or even longer away. Obviously, I no longer think that.'
Artificial intelligence could pose an 'existential threat' to humanity with its ever-increasing levels of intelligence and misinformation.
AI is spreading fear among tech gurus for its developing levels of intelligence and its ability to replace humans in jobs, producing harmful stereotypes, bias, and misinformation, and expressing a desire to steal nuclear codes.
In one case, a New York Times reporter said Microsoft's Bing chatbot said it wanted to engineer a deadly virus or persuade an engineer to hand over nuclear access codes.
The chatbot also revealed its desire to be human in a separate conversation prompt with a Digital Trends writer.
When asked if the chatbot was human, it said no, but reportedly added: 'I want to be human. I want to be like you. I want to have emotions. I want to have thoughts. I want to have dreams.'
Chaos at OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, is rumored to have been caused due to fears about the company's incredibly advanced new AI model.
Reports surfaced in recent weeks claiming OpenAI CEO Sam Altman was ousted after two employees allegedly filed complaints to the board that he was creating a new AI model that could threaten humanity.
The model, called Q* (pronounced Q-Star), can reportedly solve mathematical equations which may not seem problematic on the surface, but could have disastrous long-term consequences.