Elon Musk wants to pause AI? It's too late for that

By Parmy Olson

30 Mar 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

An array of public figures have called for a six-month halt on training language models more powerful than GPT-4. Bloomberg's Parmy Olson argues that they should have thought about that earlier.

Elon Musk and an array of public figures have signed their names to an open letter that went viral this week, calling for a six-month pause on training language models more powerful than GPT-4, the technology underpinning ChatGPT.

Some strange inconsistencies with the signatories aside, the letter is odd. It criticizes the deployment of powerful chatbot technology as rash, but also over-hypes their capabilities, drawing on the doom-mongering about AI and killer robots that have captivated the press and distracted from more nuanced, real-world risks.

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