Pausing AI development is a foolish idea

A group of influential and informed tech types recently put forward a formal request that AI rollouts be paused for six months. I certainly understand concerns that artificial intelligence is advancing too fast, but trying to stop it in its tracks is a recurring mistake made by people who should know better.

Once a technology takes off, it’s impossible to hold back, largely because there’s no strong central authority with the power to institute a global pause — and no enforcement entity to ensure the pause directive is followed. 

The right approach would be to create such an authority beforehand, so there’s some way to assure the intended outcome. I tend to agree with former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates that the focus should be on assuring AI reliability, not trying to pause everything.

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Source:: Computerworld