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AI Firms Must Be Held Responsible for Harm They Cause, 'Godfathers' Say

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The authors warned AI systems could amplify social injustice, undermine our professions, erode social stability, enable large-scale criminal or terrorist activities and weaken our shared understanding of reality that is foundational to society.

A group of senior experts including two “godfathers” of the technology has warned that powerful artificial intelligence systems threaten social stability, and AI companies must be made liable for harms caused by their products.

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A group of experts including "godfathers" of artificial intelligence (AI) Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio, both ACM Turing Award recipients, said AI companies must be held accountable for the damage their products cause, ahead of an AI safety summit in London.

The University of California, Berkeley's Stuart Russell, one of 23 experts who composed AI policy proposals released Tuesday, called developing increasingly powerful AI systems before understanding how to render them safe "utterly reckless."

The proposed policies include having governments and companies commit 33% of their AI research and development resources to safe and ethical AI use.

 Companies that discover dangerous capabilities in their AI models also must adopt specific safeguards.

From The Guardian (U.K.)
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