Elon Musk warns AI poses 'one of the biggest threats to humanity' at Bletchley ... trends now
Artificial intelligence poses 'one of the biggest threats' to humanity, Elon Musk warned yesterday.
The billionaire tech entrepreneur's fears were echoed by delegates from around the world at the UK's AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire.
Leading nations – including the US and China – yesterday signed a 'historic' agreement vowing to protect the world against the technology's potential for 'catastrophic' harm. Yet not all those attending the summit appeared to share these fears.
Saying that 'many' within the industry agreed with him, he urged governments not to 'micro-manage' tech companies through legislation. And he compared concerns about the dangers of artificial intelligence to the 'moral panic' about video games in the 1980s.
The clash between the two tech heavyweights comes amid a wider debate about AI within the industry over whether to prioritise safety or developing lucrative new products.
Elon Musk's fears were echoed by delegates from around the world at the UK's AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire
Former Lib Dem leader Sir Nick Clegg (pictured), now president of global affairs at Meta, the owner of Facebook , Instagram and WhatsApp, said AI's risk to humankind had been 'overstated'
More than 1,000 tech chiefs, experts and academics signed an open letter earlier this year warning of a 'dangerous' arms race to create the most advanced model.
Rishi Sunak convened the two-day summit at Bletchley Park, home to the Second World War codebreaking heroes, in a bid to show Britain can lead the world in regulating artificial intelligence.
Yesterday, Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan announced that the 28 nations attending had signed an agreement to work together to protect against the threat of AI dubbed the 'Bletchley Declaration' in a political coup for Britain.
Though lacking in detail, it stated that all those involved agreed that the technology provided 'the potential for serious, even catastrophic, harm, either deliberate or unintentional'.
King Charles yesterday addressed the summit in a video message, hailing AI as 'no less significant' than the discovery of fire, but saying it was the delegates' duty to protect people's livelihoods and secure our democracies from the