The Future of Life Institute (FLI), a nonprofit organization that aims to “steer transformative technologies away from extreme, large-scale risks and towards benefiting life”, recently published an open letter that went viral.
Published on March 29, the piece entitled “Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letter” calls on AI labs to “immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4” citing significant misinformation, labor impact, and safety risks. Among the 2,400+ signatories, there are well-known names such as Elon Musk, Yoshua Bengio and Stuart Russell.
It’s not the first time FLI is generating buzz. Another letter “Autonomous Weapons Open Letter: AI & Robotics Researchers” has been signed by nearly 34,400 people since it was released in 2015 and received considerable media coverage.
Matt Novak, a Forbes contributor, notes Elon Musk’s past involvement with OpenAI, his financial backing of FLI and other factors that could explain his decision to call for the “pause”.