Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, has stated that there are still aspects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that astonish even the experts in the field regarding how they learn and operate.
The CEO says:
“There is an aspect of this which we call — all of us in the field call it as a ‘black box’. You don’t fully understand. And you can’t quite tell why it said this.”
For a long time, researchers, ethicists, and science fiction authors have been concerned about AI exhibiting capabilities that its developers do not desire. A recent discussion with the management of Google may further strengthen those apprehensions.
James Manyika, Google’s senior vice president of technology and society, was featured in an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes on April 16th. During the interview, he talked about how one of their AI systems picked up Bengali without being formally taught it.
James Manyika says:
“We discovered that with very few amounts of prompting in Bengali, it can now translate all of Bengali,” he said.
Scott Pelley of CBS then asked why the public was being allowed to utilize a system whose developers had not completely comprehended it, but Pichai replied:
Scott Pelley says:
“I don’t think we fully understand how a human mind works either.”
Sundar Pichai has long been advocating for robust global regulations regarding AI. Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter and Tesla, even suggested a restriction on developing stronger AI models. Pichai warned that all businesses’ products would soon be altered by AI, imploring society to prepare for the technologies already in motion.
The advancement of Artificial Intelligence has unfortunately come with a downside, resulting in fake news, deepfakes, and weaponization. In the industry, these are referred to as “hallucinations,” When asked whether Google’s Bard is getting many “hallucinations,” Pichai answered.
“Yes, you know, which is expected. No one in the field has yet solved the hallucination problems. All models do have this as an issue.”
On Monday, EU lawmakers called for a summit to be held to set up guiding principles when it comes to controlling and using very powerful artificial intelligence. The lawmakers expressed surprise at how quickly AI has been advancing compared to what was expected.
Pichai expressed his concern in the interview about how AI could be used for good or bad, stressing the need to create and use it wisely. He noted that the consequences of deploying AI could be dire if not done correctly.
Less than three weeks since Twitter’s founder Elon Musk and numerous tech figures called for a six-month halt in the growth of technologies akin to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which Microsoft supports.
The 12 Members of the European Parliament, all engaged in formulating future EU regulations related to technology, suggested that US President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen should convene a high-level conference.
In March, the Future of Life Institute released an open letter cautioning that artificial intelligence could rapidly spread false information and surpass human speed and power if not monitored closely.
The ability of AI to teach itself has enormous potential to revolutionize industries and transform how we live and work. With careful planning and responsible development, we can ensure that this technology continues to advance in a way that benefits humanity.