May 14, 2023

Sundar Pichai says ethicists and philosophers need to be involved in the development of AI to make sure it is moral, and doesn’t do things like lie

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As generative AI gains traction and companies rush to incorporate it into their operations, concerns have mounted over the ethics of the technology. Deepfake images have circulated online, such as ones showing former President Donald Trump being arrested, and some testers have found that AI chatbots will give advice related to criminal activities, such as tips for how to murder people.

AI is known to sometimes hallucinate — make up information and continuously insist that it’s true — creating fears that it could spread false information. It can also develop bias and in some cases has argued with users. Some scammers have also used AI voice-cloning software in attempts to pose as relatives.

“How do you develop AI systems that are aligned to human values, including morality?,” Pichai said. “This is why I think the development of this needs to include not just engineers, but social scientists, ethicists, philosophers, and so on.”

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