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Why do scientists fear the disastrous future caused by artificial intelligence?

  • author, Anthony Zurcher
  • roll, North America Correspondent, BBC News

AI has amazing power to change the way we live, for better or worse — and experts don’t trust those in power to be prepared for what lies ahead.

In 2019, the non-profit research group OpenAI created software that is able to generate paragraphs from coherent text, perform elementary analysis, and understand the text without specific instructions.

Initially, OpenAI decided not to fully make its creation — called GPT-2 — available to the public. The fear was that bad guys would use it to generate massive amounts of misinformation and propaganda.

In a press release announcing the decision, the group described the program at the time as “extremely dangerous”.

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