UK AI task force adviser warns AI could threaten humanity in 2 years.
The adviser to the prime minister of the United Kingdom on artificial intelligence (AI) has warned that humans have only two years left to regulate and control AI before it becomes too powerful.
Matt Clifford, who is also the chair of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA), said in an interview with a local U.K. media outlet that the current systems are becoming more capable at an ever-increasing rate.
He emphasized that if safety and regulations are not considered now, the systems will become very powerful in two years. Clifford also warned that there are a lot of different types of risks associated with AI in the near and long term, which he called “pretty scary.”
“We’ve got two years to get in place a framework that makes both controlling and regulating these very large models much more possible than it is today.”
Clifford said that the threats posed by AI could be very dangerous and could kill many humans, not all humans, simply from where we’d expect models to be in two years’ time. He suggested that regulators and developers’ primary focus should be to understand how to control the models and then implement regulations on a global scale.
Currently, regulators worldwide are trying to create regulations that protect users and still allow for innovation. On June 5, officials in the European Union suggested mandating that all AI-generated content should be labeled as such to prevent disinformation.
In the U.K., a front-bench member of the opposition Labour Party echoed the sentiments mentioned in the Center for AI Safety’s letter, saying technology should be regulated like medicine and nuclear power.