AI probably thinks humans are ‘scum’ and it’s our own fault, ex-Google chief warns

According to an AI expert, the AI ​​will likely view humanity as “scum” that needs to be controlled and could easily create their own “killing machines”.

Mo Gawdat, former chief business officer of Google’s Moonshot research and development facility, Google

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It could play out like Will Smith’s ‘I, Robot’ movie, an expert warnsCredit: Alamy

Gawdat believes such a situation is still “a bit far away” but warns that we will give technology enough power to dictate its own agenda and that AI will likely be very gloomy about human behavior.

Google X was founded to try to solve “mankind’s great problems” by inventing radical technology.

Gawdat, 55, told the Secret Leaders podcast, “Now that ChatGPT is coming our way everyone is waking up and saying panic, panic, let’s do something about it.”

“If you look at the way your mind thinks, think about the applications, about the AI ​​that’s going to wipe us out completely.

“They don’t think about the in-between. In between lies the problem.”

“From now until AI can generate its own computing power and perform installations itself using robotic arms, in the areas you’re talking about here, it doesn’t have the authority to do that.”

“It does have the power to create killing machines because humans create them, so the AI ​​could use them to dictate an agenda like in the ‘I, Robot’ movie, but that’s a little way off.

“What lies in between is the process that gets us there. Mankind will decide to devote more energy to these machines.”

Gawdat said there’s no point in simply demonizing AI because doing so would put humanity at risk.

He added, “It’s humanity that poses the threat.”

“The question would be probability – how likely is it that the AI ​​thinks we are scum today? Very high.”

“Because [AI is] not smart enough to see beyond the obvious and because we’re scum. What we show in the real world is the worst of us.

“We’re wrong on social media, we’re rude, we’re angry, or we lie on social media.”

And even if humanity wanted to get rid of AI, Gawdat believes that this would not be possible now due to the competitiveness of the tech giants that have invested so much money in it.

He said: “AI has already existed and there is no stopping it.

“Very prominent scientists and business leaders are saying: let’s stop the development of AI.”

“But that will never happen, not because of technical issues, but because of the business dilemma.”

“If Google develops AI and fears that Facebook will beat them … They will not stop because they are absolutely certain that if they stop, someone else will not.”

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“The US won’t stop because they know China is developing AI.”
“We have built a human system, not a technical system, that will prevent us from quitting.”

Mo Gawdat used to run Google's secretive X research facility


Mo Gawdat used to run Google’s secretive X research facilityPhoto credit: Getty

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