|Tech leaders have already proven they might have ulterior motives behind AI warnings.
Remember that open letter signed by tech executives back in March calling for a pause on advanced AI development?
Turns out Elon Musk, who signed the letter, was working on his own AI startup behind the scenes. And he wasn’t alone. Several signatories told Wired they didn’t expect AI research to actually stop.
“When big tech companies, big startups, and powerful VCs start calling for regulation of their hottest new technology, something is very wrong,” Alistair Barr, Insider’s global tech editor, told me.
It’s not just about boxing out the competition. Companies weighing in on regulation could allow them to negotiate liability protection, Alistair said. Insider’s Beatrice Nolan has more on how everything you’re hearing about AI wiping out humans is a big con.
Existing laws and litigation in the US could be enough to keep big AI companies in line, Alistair added. If a company’s AI product causes harm, they can be sued and investigated by regulators already. Executives can even be put in jail for egregious activity.
The discourse over AI reminds me of Sam Bankman-Fried donating millions of dollars to politicians under the guise of helping them understand the crypto industry.
But messages from a former FTX executive quoted in a court filing suggested donations were meant “to weed out anti-crypto” politicians.