Fiddling while AI burns
Aynne Kokas writes that American tech oversight lags behind other countries
As Congress focuses on what to do about TikTok, leaders in the tech industry have cautioned against a far more expansive risk that has a direct bearing on the role of tech in our daily lives. Data gathered by firms such as TikTok underpin advanced AI tools like the commercially-available GPT-4 large language model (LLM) and support research into next-generation models like GPT-5 and beyond.
A host of prominent technologists and academics recently released an open letter on TechCrunch urging a six-month pause on research into all AI systems more powerful than GPT-4, underscoring that the AI systems currently being developed may lead to “powerful digital minds that no one—not even their creators—can understand, predict, or reliably control.” The letter reflects how American tech oversight lags behind other countries.