This feels too close to ‘contraband software’ for me to agree with it. I really don’t like how a lot of this text focuses on large technology companies. Many of the proposed interventions are things that could only be reasonably implemented in a proprietary system. Will it be illegal to create free software AI?
I’m certainly concerned about a lot of things, but well, you know that proverb about the genie and the bottle…
I don’t know what the right answer is, but I seriously doubt any government will be able to legislate the dangers away, even given a 6 month holiday. I don’t think society will ever adapt to anyone having the ability to generate convincing images/videos/audio clips of real people with fabricated context. Or copywriters generating thousands of words of perfectly grammatical word salad every minute.
This is an impractical solution for many reasons:
provenance and watermarking systems to help distinguish real from synthetic
As always, humanity is screwed and it’s our fault. Again.
Should we automate away all the jobs, including the fulfilling ones?
Job automation is a good thing. I firmly disagree that humans should be spending their lives performing jobs; they should be doing what they want to do instead. If you find your job fulfilling, wouldn't it be better to have so much money you never had to worry about anything, and continue doing that thing anyway? Perhaps not as a job, but a hobby, or a full-fledged business better than you ever could before.
Of course, humans need money to do what they want, and a lot of them need to get jobs to do that, and the amount of jobs they can do decreases with more automation. But ultimately, I don’t think people want to see Benshi anymore.
Humans are hired to perform jobs for a business so it can turn a profit. If there’s a way to turn a higher profit with better accuracy at a similar quality, that’s a good thing for the business and its customers. The problem with a lot of businesses is their lack of automation. It makes them inefficient, slow, and hard to deal with, and tends to lead to business failure.
On the other hand, there are bad forms of automation, which is not the same as job automation being a bad thing. You need to use tools the right way, lest you injure yourself. You don’t hold knives by the blade, for example…
Relatedly, I received an email from Mozilla today about their new initiative, Mozilla.Ai
Announcement here: Introducing Mozilla.ai: Investing in trustworthy AI
This new wave of AI has generated excitement, but also significant apprehension. We aren’t just wondering What’s possible? and How can people benefit? We’re also wondering What could go wrong? and How can we address it? Two decades of social media, smartphones and their consequences have made us leery.
So, today we are announcing Mozilla.ai: A startup — and a community — that will build a trustworthy and independent open-source AI ecosystem. Mozilla will make an initial $30M investment in the company.