Do You Agree With The Petition To Pause ChatGPT Development?

Below is the open letter that is putting AI Ethics front and center. That is a very good thing. But at this point, I do not have enough information to endorse and sign this open letter, which is really a Petition.

I am concerned that this action is premature, that ChaGPT-4 is still a child, and needs more development for it to be useful. IMO it is too early to stop LLMs. I could be wrong, but for now prefer to err on the side of innovation. Read it and see what you think.

Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letter

We call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4.

AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as shown by extensive research[1] and acknowledged by top AI labs.[2] As stated in the widely-endorsed Asilomar AI PrinciplesAdvanced AI could represent a profound change in the history of life on Earth, and should be planned for and managed with commensurate care and resources. Unfortunately, this level of planning and management is not happening, even though recent months have seen AI labs locked in an out-of-control race to develop and deploy ever more powerful digital minds that no one – not even their creators – can understand, predict, or reliably control.

Contemporary AI systems are now becoming human-competitive at general tasks,[3] and we must ask ourselves: Should we let machines flood our information channels with propaganda and untruth? Should we automate away all the jobs, including the fulfilling ones? Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us? Should we risk loss of control of our civilization? Such decisions must not be delegated to unelected tech leaders.  Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable. This confidence must be well justified and increase with the magnitude of a system’s potential effects. OpenAI’s recent statement regarding artificial general intelligence, states that “At some point, it may be important to get independent review before starting to train future systems, and for the most advanced efforts to agree to limit the rate of growth of compute used for creating new models.” We agree. That point is now.

Therefore, we call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4. This pause should be public and verifiable, and include all key actors. If such a pause cannot be enacted quickly, governments should step in and institute a moratorium.

AI labs and independent experts should use this pause to jointly develop and implement a set of shared safety protocols for advanced AI design and development that are rigorously audited and overseen by independent outside experts. These protocols should ensure that systems adhering to them are safe beyond a reasonable doubt.[4] This does not mean a pause on AI development in general, merely a stepping back from the dangerous race to ever-larger unpredictable black-box models with emergent capabilities.

AI research and development should be refocused on making today’s powerful, state-of-the-art systems more accurate, safe, interpretable, transparent, robust, aligned, trustworthy, and loyal.

In parallel, AI developers must work with policymakers to dramatically accelerate development of robust AI governance systems. These should at a minimum include: new and capable regulatory authorities dedicated to AI; oversight and tracking of highly capable AI systems and large pools of computational capability; provenance and watermarking systems to help distinguish real from synthetic and to track model leaks; a robust auditing and certification ecosystem; liability for AI-caused harm; robust public funding for technical AI safety research; and well-resourced institutions for coping with the dramatic economic and political disruptions (especially to democracy) that AI will cause.

Humanity can enjoy a flourishing future with AI. Having succeeded in creating powerful AI systems, we can now enjoy an “AI summer” in which we reap the rewards, engineer these systems for the clear benefit of all, and give society a chance to adapt. Society has hit pause on other technologies with potentially catastrophic effects on society.[5]  We can do so here. Let’s enjoy a long AI summer, not rush unprepared into a fall.


EDITORS NOTES: Not a complete list. (These folks sure do love their titles and awards. Color me impressed.)

Yoshua Bengio, Founder and Scientific Director at Mila, Turing Prize winner and professor at University of Montreal

Stuart Russell, Berkeley, Professor of Computer Science, director of the Center for Intelligent Systems, and co-author of the standard textbook “Artificial Intelligence: a Modern Approach”

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, Tesla & Twitter

Steve Wozniak, Co-founder, Apple

Yuval Noah Harari, Author and Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Andrew Yang, Forward Party, Co-Chair, Presidential Candidate 2020, NYT Bestselling Author, Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship

Connor Leahy, CEO, Conjecture

Jaan Tallinn, Co-Founder of Skype, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Future of Life Institute

Evan Sharp, Co-Founder, Pinterest

Chris Larsen, Co-Founder, Ripple

Emad Mostaque, CEO, Stability AI

Valerie Pisano, President & CEO, MILA

John J Hopfield, Princeton University, Professor Emeritus, inventor of associative neural networks

Rachel Bronson, President, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Max Tegmark, MIT Center for Artificial Intelligence & Fundamental Interactions, Professor of Physics, president of Future of Life Institute

Anthony Aguirre, University of California, Santa Cruz, Executive Director of Future of Life Institute, Professor of Physics

Victoria Krakovna, DeepMind, Research Scientist, co-founder of Future of Life Institute

Emilia Javorsky, Physician-Scientist & Director, Future of Life Institute

Sean O’Heigeartaigh, Executive Director, Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

Tristan Harris, Executive Director, Center for Humane Technology

Marc Rotenberg, Center for AI and Digital Policy, President

Nico Miailhe, The Future Society (TFS), Founder and PresidentZachary Kenton, DeepMind, Senior Research Scientist

Ramana Kumar, DeepMind, Research Scientist

Gary Marcus, New York University, AI researcher, Professor Emeritus

Steve Omohundro, Beneficial AI Research, CEO

Danielle Allen, Harvard University, Professor and Director, Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Ethics

Luis Moniz Pereira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, Professor Emeritus, Doctor Honoris Causa T.U. Dresden, Fellow of EurAI, Fellow AAIA

Carles Sierra, Director Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, IIIA-CSIC; President of the European Association of AI, EurAI., Research Professor of the CSIC, EurAI Fellow

Ramon Lopez De Mantaras, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, Research Professor, Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Award of the AAAI, EurAI Fellow, National Research Prize in Mathematics of the Spanish Government

Mark Nitzberg, Center for Human-Compatible AI, UC Berkeley, Executive Directer

Gianluca Bontempi, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Full Professor in Machine Learning, Cohead of the ULB Machine Learning Group

Daniel Schwarz, Metaculus, CTO, Metaculus

Nicholas Saparoff, Software Architect, Founder of ByteSphere Technologies and Phenome.AI

Alessandro Perilli, Synthetic Work, AI Researcher

Matt Mahoney, Hutter Prize Committee, Retired data scientist, Developed PAQ and ZPAQ, large text benchmark to evaluate language models using compression

Régis Sabbadin, Inrae-Université de Toulouse, France, Research Director in AI

Peter Stone, The University of Texas at Austin, Associate Chair of Computer Science, Director of Robotics, Chair of the 100 Year Study on AI, Professor of Computer Science, IJCAI Computer and Thought Award; Fellow of AAAI, ACM, IEEE, and AAAS.

Alessandro Saffiotti, Orebro University, Sweden, Professor, Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence

Louis Rosenberg, Unanimous AI, CEO & Chief Scientist

Jason Tamara Widjaja, Director of Artificial Intelligence, Certified AI Ethics & Governance (Expert)

Niki Iliadis, The Future Society, Director on AI and the Rule of Law

Dr. Jeroen Franse, ABN Amro Bank, Advisor MLOps and ML governance

Colin De La Higuera, Nantes Université. France, Unesco Chair on Open Educational Resoiurces and Artificial Intelligence

Vincent Conitzer, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Oxford, Professor of Computer Science, Director of Foundations of Cooperative AI Lab, Head of Technical AI Engagement at the Institute for Ethics in AI, Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, Computers and Thought Award, Social Choice and Welfare Prize, Guggenheim Fellow, Sloan Fellow, ACM Fellow, AAAI Fellow, ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award

Elionai Moura Cordeiro, UFRN | BioME |, CEO – AI Researcher, RSG Brazil Member | BioME fellow researcher

Peter Warren, Director, Author ‘AI on Trial’ a discussion on the need for AI regulation published by Bloomsbury

Takafumi Matsumaru, Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems, Waseda University, Japan, Professor (Robotics and Mechatronics), IEEE senior member

Jaromír Janisch, CTU in Prague, PhD. student in AI

Emma Bluemke, Centre for the Governance of AI, PhD Engineering, University of Oxford

Mario Gibney, AI Governance & Safety Canada, Director of Partnerships

Louise Doherty, Executive Coach to AI ethics/safety and for-good leaders

Evan R. Murphy, AI Safety Researcher, Independent; Board Member, AIGS

CanadaJulien Billot, Scale AI, CEO

Jeff Orkin, Central Casting AI, CEO, PhD from MIT. Awards for best AI in the video game industry for my work on FEAR and No One Lives Forever 2Anish Upadhayay, Co-founder of the AI Safety Initiative at Georgia Tech

Subhabrata Majumdar, AI Risk and Vulnerability Alliance, Founder and PresidentYuxi Li,, Founder

Francesc Giralt, University Rovira i Virgili, Professor Emeritus, Distinguished with the Narcís Monturiol Medal, Catalonia

Joseph Sifakis, Verimag, Universite Grenoble Alpes, CNRS Research Director Emeritus, Turing Award 2007

Wyatt Tessari L’Allié, AIGS Canada, Founder & Executive DirectorJ

ohn Wettlaufer, Yale University & Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Professor, Nobel Committee for Physics; Guggenheim Fellow; Fellow, American Geophysical Union; Fellow, American Physical Society

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, MIT, Professor of Physics, Wolf Prize in Physics, US National Academy of Sciences

Gillian Hadfield, University of Toronto, Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, Professor and Director

Craig Peters, Getty Images, CEO

Christof Koch, MindScope Program, Allen Institute, Seattle, Chief Scientist

Mateo Valero Cortes, Director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Fellow of Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering

Richard Guy Compton, Oxford University, Professor of Chemistry

Robert Brandenberger, McGill University, Professor of Physics

Alfonso Ngan, Hong Kong University, Chair in Materials Science and Engineering

Mark Brakel, Director of Policy, Future of Life Institute

J.M.Don MacElroy, University College Dublin, Emeritus Chair of Chemical Engineering

Lawrence M. Krauss, President, The Origins Project Foundation

Michael Wellman, University of Michigan, Professor and Chair of Computer Science & Engineering

Berndt Mueller, Duke University, J.B. Duke Professor of Physics

Alan Mackworth, University of British Columbia, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science

Rolf Harald Baayen, University of Tuebingen, ProfessorGrady Booch, ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, IEEE Computing Pioneer, IBM FellowTor Nordam, NTNU, Adjunct associate professor of physics,

Joshua David Greene, Harvard University, Professor,

Arturo Giraldez, University of the Pacific, Professor

Scott Niekum, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Associate Professor

Lars Kotthoff, University of Wyoming, Assistant Professor, Senior Member, AAAI and ACM

Steve Petersen, Niagara University, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Yves Deville, UCLouvain, Professor of Computer Science

Christoph Weniger, University of Amsterdam, Associate Professor for Theoretical Physics,

Luc Steels, University of Brussels (VUB) Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, emeritus professor and founding director, EURAI Distinguished Service Award, Chair for Natural Science of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium

Roman Yampolskiy, Professor

Alyssa M Vance, Blue Rose Research, Senior Data Scientist

Jonathan Moreno, University of Pennsylvania, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, Member, National Academy of Medicine

Andrew Barto, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Professor emeritus, Fellow AAAS, Fellow IEEE

Peter B. Reiner, University of British Columbia, Professor of Neuroethics

Jorel, University of Caen, Assitant professor,

Paul Rosenbloom, University of Southern California, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and the Cognitive Science Society

Michael Gillings, Macquarie University, Professor of Molecular Evolution,

Grigorios Tsoumakas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Associate Professor

Benjamin Kuipers, University of Michigan, Professor of Computer Science, Fellow, AAAI, IEEE, AAAS

Chi-yuen Wang, UC Berkeley, Professor Emeritus,

Johann Rohwer, Stellenbosch University, Professor of Systems Biology

Geoffrey Odlum, Odlum Global Strategies , President , Retired U.S. Diplomat

Dana S. Nau, University of Maryland, Professor, Computer Science Dept and Institute for Systems Research, AAAI Fellow, ACM Fellow, AAAS Fellow

Andrew Francis, Western Sydney University, Professor of Mathematics

Vassilis P. Plagianakos, University of Thessaly, Greece, Professor of Computational Intelligence, Dean of the School of Science, University of Thessaly, Greece

Stefan Sint, Trinity College Dublin, Associate Professor, School of Mathematics

Hector Geffner, RWTH Aachen University, Alexander von Humboldt Professor, Fellow AAAI, EurAI

B. Thomas Soifer, California Institute of Technology, Harold Brown Professor of Physics, Emeritus, NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

Marcus Frei, NEXT. robotics GmbH & Co. KG, CEO, Member European DIGITAL SME Alliance FG AI, Advisory Board

Brendan McCane, University of Otago, Professor

Kang G. Shin, University of Michigan, Professor, Fellow of IEEE and ACM, winner of the Hoam Engineering Prize

Miguel Gregorkiewitz, University Siena, Italy, Professor

Václav Nevrlý, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Safety Engineering, Assistant Professor

Alan Frank Thomas Winfield, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UWE Bristol, UK, Professor of Robot Ethics

LuIs Caires, NOVA University Lisbon, Professor of Computer Science and Head of NOVA Laboratory for Computer Science and Informatics

Vincent Corruble, Sorbonne University, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Sunyoung Yang, The University of Arizona, Assistant Professor

The Anh han, Teesside University , Professor of Computer Science, Lead of Centre for Digital Innovation

Yngve Sundblad, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Professor emeritus

Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, AI lab Research Director, AAAI Fellow; EurAI Fellow; IEEE Fellow; IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award; Marie Curie Excellence Award

Domenico Talia, University of Calabria, Professor

Courtney M. Peterson, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Associate Professor

Divya Siddarth, Collective Intelligence Project, Co-director

Timothy John O’Donnell, McGill University/Mila, Professor, Canada CIFAR AI Chair

Hans Martin Seip, University of Oslo, Professor Emeritus, Member of Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters

Kim Mens, Professor of Computer Science, UCLouvain

Thomas Wallis, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, Professor

Damian Lyons, Fordham University, Professor, SM IEEE

Olle Häggström, Chalmers University of Technology, Professor of mathematical statistics, Member, Royal Swedish Academy of Science

Robert Kowalski, Department of Computing, Imperial College London, Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Fellow, IJCAI Award for Research Excellence

Jakob Foerster, University of Oxford, Associate Professor, Awarded ERC Starter Grant in 2023

Michael Symonds, The University of Nottingam, Emeritus Professor

Andrew Robinson, The University of Melbourne, Professor

Tony J. Prescott, University of Sheffield, Professor of Cognitive Robotics

Robert Brooks, UNSW Sydney, Scientia Professor

Yoshihiko Nakamura, University of Tokyo, Senior Researcher / Professor Emeritus

Zbigniew H. Stachurski, Australian National University, A/Prof. – retired

David Scott Krueger, University of Cambridge, Assistant Professor

Raul Monroy, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Professor

Peter Vamplew, Federation University Australia, Professor of Information Technology

Jean-Claude Latombe, Computer Science Department, Stanford University, Professor, Emeritus

Frank van den Bosch, Yale University, Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics

Richard Dazeley, Deakin University, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

M V N Murthy, Former Professor at The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India, None, Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences

Rada Mihalcea, University of Michigan, Professor of Computer Science, Director Michigan AI Lab, PECASE recipient, AAAI Fellow, ACM Fellow

Qiaobing Xu, Tufts University, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Fellow of AIMBE

Raymund Sison, De La Salle University, Professor and University Fellow, Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher and NAST Outstanding Young Scientist

Jonathan Cefalu, Preamble, Inc., Chairman, Inventor of Prompt Injection; Forbes 30 Under 30 for inventing Snapchat Spectacles AR glasses

George Helou, California Institute of Technology, Executive Director of IPAC at Caltech, Fellow, American Astronomical Society; NASA Distringuished Public Service Medal; Gruber Cosmology Prize (2018, shared)

JACOB TSIMERMAN, University of Toronto, Professor of Mathematics, New horizons 2021 prize winner

Hema A Murthy, Indian Institute of Technology Madras India, Professor, Fellow,Indian National Academy of Engineering; Fellow, Internattional Speech Communication Association

Huw Price, University of Cambridge, Emeritus Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy, FBA, FAHA

Ulises Cortés, Univeristat Politècnica de Catalunya, Professor, Fellow Sociedad Mexicana de Inteligencia Artificial. Mexican of the year 2018

Robert Babuska, Delft University of Technology, Professor

Alexander Schütz, University of Marburg, Professor of Experimental Psychology

Joan Manuel del Pozo Alvarez, Spain, Prof. of Philisiphy, Exminister of Education and Universities

Albert Sabater, University of Girona, Director of the Catalan Observatory for Ethis in Artificial Intelligence

Gert Jervan, Tallinn University of Technology, Professor of Dependable Computer Systems, Dean of School of Information Technologies

Aza Raskin, Center for Humane Technology / Earth Species Project, Cofounder, National Geographic Explorer, WEF Global AI Council

Gregory Provan, University College Cork, Professor, Rhodes Scholar

Jordi Miralda-Escude, Institut de Ciències del Cosmos, Universitat de Barcelona, ICREA, ICREA research professor

Frits Vaandrager, Radboud University, Head of the Department of Software Science

Nicholas Taylor, Heriot-Watt University, Professor of Computer Science, Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional, Chartered Mathematician, Fellow British Computer Society, Fellow Higher Education Academy, Member Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Eduard Savador-Solé, University of Barcelona, Full Proessor

Tom Lenaerts, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Professor

Gerhard Lakemeyer, RWTH Aachen University, Professor, Fellow, European Association for Artificial Intelligence

Simeon Campos, SaferAI, Founder

Stuart S. Blume, Unversity of Amsterdam, Emeritus Professor of Science & Technology Studies

Manel Sanromà, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona. Catalonia, Professor of Applied Mathematics. Founder of CIVICAi, Trustee Emeritus, Internet Society

Paolo Zuccon, Trento University, Italy, Associate Professor

Georgios Gounalakis, Philipps-University Marburg, Professor of Law

João Emilio Almeida, LIACC / CITECA / ISTEC Porto, Professor / Researcher, Senior and Specialist member of Portuguese Engineers Order

Jan Pieter van der Schaar, Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam, Associate Professor

Oren Schuldiner, Weizmann Institute of Science, Professor

Michel Schellekens, University College Cork, Professor, Fulbright Award

Martin Welk, UMIT TIROL – Private University for Health Sciences and Health Technology, Hall in Tirol, Austria, Professor

Nayat Sanchez-Pi, Inria Chile, CEO, CEO Inria Chile

Simon Friederich, University of Groningen, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science

John S. Edwards, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, Professor of Knowledge Management

Joachim Weickert, Saarland University, Germany, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Michael Osborne, University of Oxford, Professor of Machine Learning

Teresa Riera Madurell, UIB/BSC, Professor, Pormer MEP

Cristina Urdiales, University of Malaga, Professor Robotics, Phd in Robotics, PhD in AI

Yuri Gurevich, University of Michigan, Professor, Fellow, AAAS, and ACM

Raja Chatila, Sorbonne University, Paris, Professor Emeritus AI, Robotics and Technology Ethics, Fellow, IEEE

Daniel Langkilde, Kognic, CEO, Founder & CEO, Kognic

Goetz Neuneck, Co-chairman Federation of German Scientists, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Hamburg

Gregory Randall, Universidad de la República, Uruguay, Profesor

Christopher F. Mckee, University of California at Berkeley, Professor of Physics and of Astronomy, Emeritus Member, National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Fellow, American Physical Society, and American Astronomical Society

Gaia Dempsey, Metaculus, CEO, Schmidt Futures Innovation Fellow

Yannis Tsividis, Columbia University, Edwin Armstrong Professor of Electrical Engineering, Member, US National Academy of Engineering

Pattie Maes, MIT, Professor, Global leader for tomorrow, World Economic Forum

Joao Leite, NOVA University Lisbon, Professor of Computer Science, Head of the Department of Computer Science

Jon Solomon, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Professor

Anne Jeannin-Girardon, University of Strasbourg, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Joe Redston, Raise, Founder

Brian Mingus,, Chief Executive Officer, Solomonoff Student Prize

Pierre Boulet, University of Lille, Professeur of Computer Science, VP for digital infrastructures of the University of Lille

Daniel Bauer, Columbia University, Lecturer in Natural Language Processing

Jack Stilgoe, University College London, Professor of Science and Technology Policy

Jens Niemeyer, University of Goettingen, Professor of Physics

Joshua Reeves, Oregon State University, Associate Professor

Manuel Sanchez Miranda, Geneva Graduate Institute, Postdoctoral Fellow

Steve Jones, University of Illinois Chicago, UIC Distinguished Professor of Communication, Fellow, International Communication Association

Dae-Shik Kim, KAIST, Professor of Electrical Engineering

Alejandro Bernardin, Fundacion Ciencia & Vida, Postdoctoral Researcher,

Norman K Swazo, North South University, Professor of Philosophy; Director, Office of Research

Engelbert Mephu Nguifo, LIMOS – University Clermont Auvergne – CNRS, Professor

Rufo Guerreschi, Trustless Computing Association, Executive Director, Founder of the Trustless Computing Association

Joseph S. Webster, Professor of Mathematics, Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction (Mathematics Education)

Marcel Lüthi, University of Basel, Lecturer in Computer Science

Soumya Ray, Case Western Reserve University, Associate Professor

Maja Van Der Velden, University of Oslo, Professor

Juan Pablo Bermúdez, Imperial College London, Research Associate, PhD in Philosophy / AI Ethics

Stephen Majercik, Bowdoin College, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Joaquin Arango, Complutense Univerisity Madrid, Professor

George Verghese, MIT, Warren Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Håvard Tveit Ihle, University of Oslo, Postdoc in Cosmology

Vitezslav Kala, Charles University, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Gabriele Ferretti, Chalmers University of Technology, Professor of Theoretical Physics

Michael Mccabe, CEO

Dr. Alexandra Reed Lajoux, Capital Expert Services, LLC, Founding Principal, Board of Fellows, Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism; CKO Emeritus, NACD

Barry Bentley, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Deputy Director, EUREKA Robotics Centre

Jeroen De Dauw, CEO

Geoff Fitch, Pacific Integral, Co-Founder

Pascal Thomet, Research consultant / Cofounder of Activisu

Einar H. Gudmundsson, Univerity of Iceland, Professor Emeritus

Fredrik Allenmark, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Postdoctoral Researcher

Richard J Self, University of Derby, Senior Lecturer in Governance of Advanced and Emerging Technologies

Andrew Philippides, University of Sussex, Professor of Biorobotics

Cédric Pradalier, Georgiatech Europe, Associate professor

Benjamin Rosman, University of the Witswatersrand, Professor of Computer Science

Chad Goldthwaite, American Inventions, CEO, Founder, Passionate, Perpetual Autodidact

Hans Hyttel, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Associate Professor

Peter Jaffé, Princeton University, Willkiam L. Knapp, Professo of Civil Engineering, Fellow, American Geophysical Union

Juan-Antonio Fernández-Madrigal, University of Málaga (Spain), Professor of Robotics, Real-Time Systems and Computer Control; researcher in Cognitive Robotics.

Ivan Rizzo Guilherme, UNESP, Associate Professor

Dragan Janković, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, Assistant Professor

Jeroen Van Den Hoven, Delft University of Technology, Professor of Ethics and Technology, Founding Editor in Chief Ethics and Information Technology (Springer Nature)

Justin Good, The Sanctuary, Central CT State University, Lecturer in Ethics

Ernesto Jorge Fernandes Costa, University of Coimbra, Full Professor

Libero Maesano, Simple Engineering, CEO

Zara Yaqoob, Founder

Arthur Breitman, Co-founder of Tezos

Florian Fiebig, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Researcher

Kamen Brestnichki, INSAIT, Researcher, MSc Computational Statistics and Machine Learning at UCL

Atılım Güneş Baydin, University of Oxford, Lecturer in Machine Learning

Wolfgang Banzhaf, Michigan State University, USA, John R. Koza Chair in Genetic Programming, Endowed Chair Professor

Chuck Anderson, Colorado State University, Professor

John E Pellizzom, Integrated ProAction Corp, President

Yves Moreau, University of Leuven, Full professor, Fellow International Society of Computational Biology

Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland, Professor emeritus, Member U.S. National Academy of Engineering

Christian Walter Peter Omlin, University of Agder, Professor

Stefan Woltran, TU Wien, University Professor, EurAI Fellow

Phil D Hall, Founder, FRSA

Luca Simoncini, University of Pisa, Professor (Retired)

Sarwech Shar, Founder/Developer

Marek Oziewicz, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Professor, Director, Center for Climate Literacy

Tias Guns, KU Leuven, Prof. in AI, ERC Consolidator grantee

Enyo Markovski, CEO

Barry Devlin, 9sight Consulting, Founder

Yves Moreau, University of Leuven, Full professor, Fellow International Society of Computational Biology

Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland, Professor emeritus, Member U.S. National Academy of Engineering

Christian Walter Peter Omlin, University of Agder, Professor

Stefan Woltran, TU Wien, University Professor, EurAI Fellow

Ernest Davis, New York University, Professor of Computer Science

Rick Vitale, University of Connecticut, Professor Emeritus

Hoshin Gupta, University of Arizona, Regents Professor, Fellow of American Geophysical Union

Alípio Mário Guedes Jorge, University of Porto, Professor

Faisal Riaz, Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Professor of Computing, ICT P@SHA Award 2022

James Crutchfield, University of California, Davis, Distinguished Professor of Physics, Distinguished Professor of Physics

Ido Hartogsohn, Bar Ilan University, Professor for Science, Technology, and Society

Pierre Leprince, Natagora, President

Justin Scholz, CEO/Cofounder of Phelas

Jill Nephew, Inqwire, PBC and AI researcher since 1999, CEO/Founder, NSF Fellow

David Burman, Brahe Foundation, Director

Przemyslaw Nowak, Lodz University of Technology, Senior Lecturer

Ian Panchevre,, Founder, Alumnus, Intuit Futures; MBA, Stanford GSB; Political Theory, Yale

Christopher Markou, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, Lecturer, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Prasad Tadepalli, Oregon State University, Professor of Computer Science

Brian Atkins, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Co-Founder

Victoria Ustimenko, PRETO BUSINESS PR Agency, CEO/Founder, Global Head of Markets at TAFFD

Duncan G. Steel, University of Michigan, Professor, EECS and Physics, Fellow, APS, OSA, IEEE

Alexandre Rispal, CEO AR Consulting / Author / Speaker, Distinguished Professor QAHE / AUBSS

David Lowe, University of British Columbia, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science

Vít Janiš, Mendel University in Brno, Assistant professor

Tadek Twardowski, CEO SpatioTempoWeb / Fullstack dev,

Arvind Tiwary, SangEnnovate, Founder

Michael Pollock, Daraja (Third Culture Care), Educator/Consultant/Coach and Founding Director, Author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds 3rd ed ; Masters in Education, Loyola University; Founding Head of School, Cambridge School, Baltimore; Founder Odyssey ISC student development, Tianjin China; Founder Daraja

Santiago González Izard, CEO of ARSOFT, PhD in Computer Engineering, CEO and CTO of ARSOFT

Alex Pagnoni, CTO Mastermind, Founder

Simon Mueller, The Future Society (TFS), Co-Founder, The Future Society, Harvard Kennedy School (MPA ’15)

Joao Fabiano, Department of Philosophy, University of Sao Paulo, Postdoctoral Fellow

James Koppel, Ph. D., Mirdin, Founder, Ph. D. in Computer Science at MIT with research profiled in New York Times. Thiel Fellow.

Deger Turan, AI Objectives Institute, President

Ken D Olum, Tufts University, Research professor

Gordon N. Fleming, Penn State University, Prof. Emeritus of Physics (retired)

Catherine Régis, University of Montreal, Professor of law, Canada Research Chair

Lorena Etcheverry, Instituto de Computación, Universidad de la República, Uruguay, Associate Professor

Duncan G. Steel, University of Michigan, Professor, EECS and Physics, Fellow, APS, OSA, IEEE

Dirk Lindebaum, Grenoble Ecole de Management, Professor in Management

J. Craig Wheeler, The University of Texas at Austin, Samuel T. and Fern Yanagisawa Regents Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, Inaugural Fellow of the American Astronomical Society, Fellow of the American Physical Society, President of the American Astronomical Society 2006-2008, author of “Wild Ride Ahead: The Technological Future of Humanity”, in preparation.

Pierre-Etienne Jacques, Université de Sherbrooke, Professor

Ramon F. Brena, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Emeritus professor, Member, Academia Mexicana de Ciencias

Prabhu Guptara, Salt Desert Media Group Ltd, U. K., Publisher, Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Management and Public Policy (retired), William Carey University, India

Robert Schuham, RJ Schuham Resiliency, Founder/CEO

Jackie Rotman, Center for Intimacy Justice, Founder & CEO

Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Northeastern University, Director of Research, EAI, ACM & IEEE Fellow, National Awards in Chile and Spain

Sh Kwee, MD, MSc, ex-researcher

Hendrik Scheider, private sector, VP Professional Services, Co-creator of an anonymous, AI-powered loyalty system for retail

Frank Hutter, University of Freiburg, Professor of Computer Science, Fellow of EurAI and ELLIS; 3x ERC Grant holder

Mattias Marklund, University of Gothenburg, Professor of Theoretical Physics

Ramon Carbó-Dorca Carré, University of Girona, Emeritus Professor, Naecís Monturiol Medal of the Generalitat de Catalunya

Djamila Amimer, Mind Senses Global ltd, CEO & Founder, Phd

Nicholas Vincent, Co-founder, Responsible AI Licenses; Postdoc, UC Davis + University of Washington; Research fellow, Metagov, Researcher, Machine Learning and Human-computer Interaction

Matthias Samwald, Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Medical University of Vienna, Associate Professor

Steven Pearce, Simon Fraser University, Lecturer

James W. Phillips, UCL, Former Special Adviser to the U.K. Prime Minister for Science and Technology

Alan Smithson, Co-Founder, Creator of creator tools, and considered by some to be an expert in XR and Metaverse.

George Godula, Web2Asia, Chairman, Startup investor, previous FLI donor

Henry Elkus, Founder & CEO: Helena

Logan Sullivan, Causative Labs, CEO

Nate Soares, MIRI, Executive Director

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Mike Fleetham, Thinking Classroom, CEO

Huub Heijnen, Venture Partner at Lionheart Ventures, Co-Founder & CTO of Causative Labs

Roberto D Merlin, University of Michigan, Professor of Physics, APS and Optica Fellow, Guggenhein Fellow, Simons Fellow. Isakson Prize, American Physical Society, Lippincott Award, Optical Society

Sen. Timothy Wirth, Retired Senator; Board Member, American Academy of Science; PhD Stanford

Michael Mcguffin, ETS, Montreal, Full Professor

Brian Harvey, University of California, Berkeley, Computer Science Division, Teaching Professor Emeritus

Patrick Girard, University of Auckland, Philosopher, Senior lecturer

Benjamin Haldeman, LifeShip, CEO

Markus Krötzsch, TU Dresden, Professor, Director of the DAAD Zuse School of Excellence in AI “SECAI”

Silja Voeneky, University of Freiburg, Germany, Professor International Law and Ethics of Law, co-ed The Cambridge Handbook of Responsible AI, Fellow Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School 2015/16

Stavros Tripakis, Northeastern University, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem, University of Pretoria and South African Centre for AI Research, Professor and AI Ethics Lead, Chair of ad hoc expert group that drafted the UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of AI

Martin Cederwall, Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, Professor in theoretical physics

Luc De Raedt, KU Leuven, Professor & Director of Institute for AI, Wallenberg Guest Professor Örebro University, AAAI and EurAI Fellow

Josif Grabocka, University of Freiburg, Professor of Representation Learning (W1)

Elizabeth Black, King’s College London, Reader in Artificial Intelligence, Director of the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe and Trusted AI

Rikard Enberg, Uppsala University, Associate Professor of Physics

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Arthur Schloss, Venture Capital, CEO, MIT Fellow

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James Maclaurin, University of Otago, Professor of Philosophy, Co-director Centre for AI and Public Policy

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Daniel Suarez, Author, New York Times bestselling author

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Jon Zieger, Responsible Innovation Labs, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Kevin Baragona, DeepAI, CEO

Michael King, Bioethics Centre, University of Otago, Head of Department, Senior Lecturer

Denyson Messias, Incognia, Co-Founder

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Franz Giuseppe F. Cortez, University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines), Professor, professor of Philosophy, University of Santo Tomas, member of the National Research Council of the Philippines

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Konrad Seifert, Simon Institute for Longterm Governance, COO

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, UMass Medical School, Professor of Medicine emeritus

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Michael Andregg, Fathom Radiant, Founder

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Mark Daley, The University of Western Ontario, Chief Digital Information Officer & Professor

Noam Shazeer, Founder of, CEO, Major contributor to Google’s LaMDA

Matthew Xiao Wang, Me plus robot, Founder an ceo, None

Paolo A. Bolaños, Department of Philosophy, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, Professor of Philosophy

Yang Gao, ZD Energy, Co-founder

Jordan Harrison Klein, Allen Matkins LLP, Attorney

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Sriraam Natarajan, University of Texas at Dallas, Professor

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Kimberlee Weatherall, The University of Sydney, Professor of Law; Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence on Automated Decision-Making and Society

George Dyson, Unafilliated, Author of “Darwin Among the Machines” (1997), “Turing’s Cathedral” (2012), “Analogia: The Emergence of Technology beyond Programmable Control” (2020).

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Paul Vos, East Carolina University, Professor

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4 Responses to Do You Agree With The Petition To Pause ChatGPT Development?

  1. Ralph, even if the probability they are correct is low, the harm that could ensue is potentially catastrophic. There is no “undo” button and LLMs are not toys. I signed the petition and commented on some of the issues here:

  2. This open letter laughable. And it tried to disguise its true intent, its true hidden agenda. As always, it just concentrates on the technology safeguards and nothing more. Nothing about societal or economic impacts – which I’m sure the signers expect can be adapted in a 6 month timeframe 🙂

    It does not propose any plausible strategy for guiding safe and ethical AI. Instead, this letter is an adversarial provocation designed to capture media attention. Musk has learned from Trump how to seize the news cycle. The problems are abundant and apparent but for brevity let’s just focus on the major ones:

    1. The most prominent name on the letter is Elon Musk. He was an original OpenAI co-founder, tried to buy OpenAI but was rejected, and then pulled his money out. He is now has a team working 24/7 to build his own Open AI/ChatGPT competitor. Forcing his chief rival to pause their work benefits Elon‘s ambitions to build a competitor. His motivations for signing this letter are just totally suspect.

    Researchers at Google and Deepmind — a division of Google — have signed this letter as well. Google is a direct competitor to Open AI and would benefit from a pause, as their public-facing Bard chatbot doesn’t compare to Open AI’s ChatGPT. Several people from other competitors of Open AI have signed this letter as well. In fact, almost all of the co-signers have equally hidden agendas but I want to keep this brief.

    2. This letter, while written to the entire AI industry, is clearly targeting only one company: Open AI. Whose GPT-4 model is directly cited by the letter as the most power an AI should be allowed to achieve for now. All other AI models therefore would be exempt from this pause, as they are not as “powerful” as GPT-4.

    3. Speaking of which, how do you objectively measure how “powerful” an AI model is? What constitutes a model from being close to GPT-4? What metrics do you use? This letter has NONE of that information. I don’t even think there is an objective way to measure it.

    4. The idea that there is any legal or societal way to pause all AI development across-the-board globally is simply absurd. How do you enforce an AI ban? Who gets to enforce it? How do you determine their powers? Who determines which companies and their AI models are or are not advanced enough? Why would nations like China ever honor an AI ban, when it would give them a chance to catch up to the U.S. on AI development? This is just the beginning of the rabbit hole of unanswered questions.

    Nobody who signed this letter gave a hoot to logistics or ramifications of their proposal. Its purpose was to generate PR. Fear always captures attention, even if that fear is manufactured.

    Ethical guardrails into AI? As I wrote yesterday, Stephen Wolfram figured it out and so far his combined GPT/Wolfram Alpha might do the trick. Even OpenAI said they’ll tweak GPT-5 to accommodate. But Wolfram himself said “it’s early days” and it needs far more tests. Yet the first 150 test patterns all succeeded (GPT-3.5 was only 38% effective on the same 150).

    Technology has always, on a long enough time scale, improved the human condition. Well, mostly. Let’s not discuss war technology for purposes of your question. But instead of proposing an impossible solution and stoking fear, we should guide AI’s development through the same process that allowed tech to properly scale: collaboration, transparency, practical solutions.

  3. make illegal chapgpt development a felony. send lawbreaker developers to federal supermax

  4. similar in a few ways to internal decision by genetic engineers who internally set up a temporary self ban on genetic engineering in mid 1970s after discovery of new restriction dna-cutting enzymes at asilomar conference. at admittedly a little exaggeration, like nuclear test ban treaty agreed for in 1960s. Faint echo of gunpowder social effects in fourteenth century.

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