Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn

A collection of leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts, inventors, professors, scientists, and other notable figures have signed a brief “Statement on AI Risk” to help mitigate what they describe as the “risk of extinction from AI” that was published on the Center for AI Safety (CAIS) website on May 30, 2023.

“Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” reads the succinct statement published by the CAIS, an AI safety non-profit with a mission to reduce societal-scale risks from artificial intelligence.

The signatories of the statement include people from leading technology companies such as Google, Meta AI, Microsoft, and OpenAI, as well as from leading educational institutions such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of California Berkeley.

The CAIS explains that the statement aims to open up discussion about the “broad spectrum of important and urgent risks from AI” and is “also meant to create common knowledge of the growing number of experts and public figures who also take some of advanced AI’s most severe risks seriously.”

The United States government has also put AI usage under scrutiny. In October 2022, the White House released a Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights, a set of five principles and associated practices to help guide the design, use, and deployment of automated systems to protect the rights of the American public in the age of AI.  

The five principles – Safe and Effective Systems, Algorithmic Discrimination Protections, Data Privacy, Notice and Explanation, and Human Alternatives, Consideration, and Fallback – are a blueprint for building and deploying AI systems that are aligned with democratic values and protect civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy.

In April 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a joint statement on how AI usage impacts civil rights, fair competition, consumer protection, and equal opportunity.

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