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Statement from Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Best-Selling Author, and Futurist, on the Recent Call to Pause Work on AI More Powerful than GPT-4

Co-founder and board member at Singularity Group, and a director of engineering at Google, responds to the Future of Life Institute's recent letter, "Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letter."

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Ray Kurzweil today announced his opinion letter in response to the recent open letter to 'pause' research on AI 'more powerful than GPT-4:

This criterion is too vague to be practical.

"This criterion is too vague to be practical. And the proposal faces a serious coordination problem: those that agree to a pause may fall far behind corporations or nations that disagree. There are tremendous benefits to advancing AI in critical fields such as medicine and health, education, pursuit of renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels, and scores of other fields. I didn't sign, because I believe we can address the signers' safety concerns in a more tailored way that doesn't compromise these vital lines of research.

"I participated in the Asilomar AI Principles Conference in 2017 and was actively involved in the creation of guidelines to create artificial intelligence in an ethical manner. So I know that safety is a critical issue. But more nuance is needed if we wish to unlock AI's profound advantages to health and productivity while avoiding the real perils."

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