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AI poses 'risk of extinction,' industry leaders warn

By Kevin Roose

30 May 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Industry leaders are warning that AI technology could pose an existential threat to humanity.

A group of industry leaders was planning to warn Tuesday that the artificial intelligence technology they are building may one day pose an existential threat to humanity and should be considered a societal risk on par with pandemics and nuclear wars.

“Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks, such as pandemics and nuclear war,” reads a one-sentence statement expected to be released by the Center for AI Safety, a nonprofit organization. The open letter has been signed by more than 350 executives, researchers and engineers working in AI.

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