Google’s Former CEO Isn’t In Favor Of Pausing AI Tools For Six Months As He Feels It Would Benefit China

In the past month, we heard about a leading number of tech giants and their leaders getting on the bandwagon to pause the training of AI tools for a certain period.

The race for generative AI was certainly getting out of hand and tools like Bing Search, Bard, and ChatGPT were really revolutionizing so many aspects of this world. Hence, a pause was necessary to stop, recollect, and come back with a more planned approach.

Signatories from so many leading scientists and tech billionaires were included but a lot of others had reservations. In the past few days, we saw Microsoft head Bill Gates mention that he did not see the purpose of this action. And today, we’re hearing Google ex-CEO Eric Schmidt agree.

He feels that a pause would assist China after speaking for a leading interview with the Australian Financial Review. According to him, favoring six-month breaks would enable arch-rival China to get ahead in the tech race. It’s already known for making groundbreaking technology and this would certainly help them snitch ahead.

But that certainly does not mean he feels AI tools are great. He knows they come up with a lot of drawbacks and they do need the necessary safeguards in place to counteract the disadvantages.

Another problem that he spoke about is how so many government officials failed to understand the tech sector well enough to control development.

Tools like ChatGPT and others are huge language models. These receive training on documents that expand millions of pages. And once that is complete, only then can we see them generate replies that are very human-like.

Similarly, users get the chance to ask queries and communicate like they’re chatting with other humans. Some individuals even make use of programs including ChatGPT to produce complex codes in computers and build their own firms. But today, so many experts are worried more about the drawbacks than anything else.

We’ve seen plenty of examples in the past related to how journalists complain of weird interactions with AI products. One journalist of The New York Times claimed the Bing Search chatbot insisted he did not adore his wife while on another occasion, it spoke of secret fantasies of theft of nuclear secrets.

Schmidt also feels that it makes the world so much more prone to malware and cyberattacks.

For now, there’s no plan for any firm to make a pause including Microsoft and OpenAI.

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