Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has once again warned the BBC of the dangers associated with the further development of artificial intelligence and expressed hope that tools for regulating this industry will soon appear.
Wozniak said his main concern is that AI technologies will fall into the hands of attackers who will use them to improve fraud and misinformation methods.
Speaking to the BBC’s Zoe Kleiman, the industry veteran said tools like Chat GPT allow scammers to scam people and businesses even more convincingly than they currently do.
“The problem is that because artificial intelligence is so advanced, it’s open to hackers. Those who don’t want you to know who they really are. They might be trying to sell you something you don’t need or to scam your account information. We see attacks like this all the time – both against individuals and businesses, with millions of accounts ending up on the internet, etc. I can only imagine that this problem can only get worse compared to what is already happening now,” said the former colleague of Steve Jobs.
In March, Wozniak, along with Elon Musk and other tech figures, signed a letter calling for a six-month suspension from training on systems more powerful than the GPT-4 chatbot until reliable security protocols are developed and applied. .
The term “artificial intelligence” refers to computer systems capable of performing tasks that would normally require human intelligence. These include chatbots that can understand questions and give human-like answers, as well as systems that can recognize objects in images.
“Money seekers usually win”
The AI revolution was driven by the chatbot GPT, released in November 2022. It composes its responses in such a way that the user can create the illusion of communicating with a living person. In March 2023, the latest version of the bot, GPT-4, was released, with capabilities several times wider than the original.
The chatbot is also integrated with Bing, a search platform from Microsoft, which recently invested $10 billion in Open AI Chat GPT.
According to Wozniak, the speed at which artificial intelligence technologies develop is in the hands of profit seekers, instead of helping humanity solve its problems.
“I think those forces that act in the interests of money, versus forces that seek to care for people, love, feelings, emotions… The forces that chase money usually win “Wozniak said.
At the same time, the Apple co-founder doesn’t believe AI can replace humans because artificial intelligence lacks human emotions.
But for these technologies to truly work for the benefit of humanity, people really need to take responsibility for whatever they create with their help, Wozniak believes.
The question of responsibility
The entrepreneur believes there should be a clear regulatory process that encourages big tech companies to be more responsible.
“I really, really, really hope that we will eventually agree on a settlement that basically comes down to this: if you do something wrong, cross the line, then you will be punished, and especially for the big ones companies that believe they can get away from it all.”
The problems with the irresponsible approach to the development of artificial intelligence, and said Jeffrey Hinton – a scientist called the “godfather of AI”. Last week, he quit Google so he could talk about it openly, regardless of company policy.
After that, the issue of restrictions in the field of artificial intelligence was raised last week by market regulators in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The leaders of leading companies in this field – Google, Microsoft and Open AI – have also been summoned to the White House to discuss the issue of accountability to users.
Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook, assured investors last week that his company’s approach to AI was thoughtful and responsible.
“We view AI as a powerful force and will continue to integrate it into our products in carefully considered ways,” Cook said.