A Jet Engine (Without Control?)

Devil’s Advocate
2 min readMar 7, 2023

Since the release of ChatGPT, every company is trying to do something similar in the field of AI.

Microsoft tried to integrate its Bing browser with ChatGPT and was subject to much criticism recently because of the kind of user experience it generated.

Google had already embarrassed itself with a rushed chatbot demonstration but has now pivoted many of its resources to accelerate AI development.

Venture-capital money is pouring into AI start-ups. According to some measures, AI investment increased from less than 5 percent of total venture-capital funds in 2012 to more than 20 percent in 2020. That number isn’t going anywhere but up.

But are we sure we know what we’re doing?

The philosopher Toby Ord compared the rapid advancement of AI technology without similar advancements in AI ethics to “a prototype jet engine that can reach speeds never seen before, but without corresponding improvements in steering and control.”

Ten years from now, we may look back on this moment in history as a colossal mistake, unless we work on improving the ethics and regulations around applications of Artificial Intelligence.

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Devil’s Advocate

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