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What makes Meta scientist Yann LeCun sure AI is absolutely safe?

Professor at NYU and Chief AI Scientist at Meta Yann Laken speaking in a panel discussion at Viva Tech on June 14, 2023. — Screengrab/Twitter/@VivaTech

One of the three award-winning pioneers of artificial intelligence (AI), Professor Yann Lecan believes that concerns that the technology could take over the world and eliminate jobs and replace humans are “ridiculous.” ” are, say “It wouldn’t have been built. If it wasn’t safe.”

Professor Laken said: “Computers will become more intelligent than humans but that was years away and if you realized it wasn’t safe you wouldn’t have built it.”

Recently, a UK government official said that some AI may need to be banned.

Professor LeCun won the Turing Award with Geoffrey Hinton and Joshua Bengio for their breakthroughs in AI, and all three became known as the “Godfathers of AI” in 2018.

“Will AI take over the world? No, it’s a projection of human nature onto machines,” said LeCun, who serves as chief AI scientist at Meta.

“It would be a big mistake to keep AI research under lock and key,” he argued, arguing that “those who worried that AI might pose a risk to humans did so because they couldn’t imagine it How to make safe.”

The Meta platform logo is seen in Davos, Switzerland, May 22, 2022.  - Reuters
The Meta platform logo is seen in Davos, Switzerland, May 22, 2022. – Reuters

“It’s like if you asked someone in the 1930s how you’re going to make a turbo-jet safe. In the 1930s the turbo-jet hadn’t been invented yet, just like human-level AI hadn’t been invented. has gone.”

“Turbo jets were ultimately built to be incredibly reliable and safe, and the same will happen with AI,” he said.

He said: “There was no question that AI would surpass human intelligence. But researchers were still missing the concepts necessary to reach that level, which would take years, if not decades, to reach.

When people express their concerns about technology that can take over humans, they refer to artificial general intelligence (AGI) – human-like systems capable of solving many problems.

“There was a fear that when AGI existed scientists would turn on a super-intelligent system that was going to take over the world in minutes. It’s just absurdly ridiculous you know,” he remarked.

Prof Likan also told the bbc That there will be progressive progress – perhaps you can get an AI as powerful as a rat’s brain. It wasn’t taking over the world, it was still running in a data center with an off switch.”

“And if you feel it’s not safe then you didn’t make it.”

The impact of AI on jobs

LeCun said: “It’s not putting a lot of people out of work permanently”. But work will change because we have “no idea” what the top jobs will be 20 years from now.

“Intelligent computers will create a new renaissance for humanity just as the Internet or the printing press did,” he noted.

LeCun was speaking ahead of a vote on Europe’s AI Act on Tuesday.

“They don’t like it at all, they think it’s too broad, maybe too restrictive,” he said from his conversations with AI start-ups in Europe. But he said he was not an expert on the law.

He said he wasn’t against regulation — but in his view, each application would need its own rules, for example, separate rules would govern AI systems in cars and people scanning medical images.

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