Yoshua Bengio discusses risks of ArtificiaI Intelligence, urges Canadian govt to regulate faster

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Ottawa/CMEDIA: Canada’s Federal governments need to move faster on regulations to protect against the dangers of the rapidly advancing technology, before it poses a larger threat to humanity,  Yoshua Bengio, one of the so-called godfathers of artificial intelligence, was reported to say. 

During a  Question Period hosted by Vassy Kapelos in an interview airing Sunday, Bengio, also the founder and scientific director of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms was reported to say some artificial intelligence technologies are getting closer to matching the intelligence level of humans, and it’s happening much sooner than anticipated.

Indeed AI is bringing a lot of good…but now you start realizing that there are much greater dangers…challenging…when we are scientists in this area…we need to engage with everyone…understand what are the potential bad scenarios and how we can prevent them?” he was reported to say,

Some systems, such as ChatGPT could pass as human in an online conversation, which poses risks of easily propagating disinformation more powerfully than other social medias.

Artificial intelligence technology is advancing faster than the speed of government officials developing policies to protect people and society from these risk, said  Bengio 

“I really didn’t expect that it would come so quickly,” he said. “I thought that the level of competence we see now may happen in 20 or 50 years, if you had asked me just a few years ago, but of course, in the last years, we’ve seen the acceleration coming along.”

Following a complaint alleging the program ChatGPT collected, used, and disclosed personal information without consent, the federal privacy commissioner, along with three of his provincial counterparts, is reportedly investigating the increasingly popular artificial intelligence-powered chatbot.

Meanwhile the companies developing new programs are being asked by Bengio and several key figures in the artificial intelligence industry to press pause until governments figure out how to regulate it.

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