Stephanie Wilkins: Poll Result: There Should Be No Pause in Training Advanced AI Models

Extract from Stephanie Wilkins’s article “Poll Result: There Should Be No Pause in Training Advanced AI Models”

The results of our poll are in: 62% of respondents are against imposing a pause on the training of advanced AI models, with 31% saying we should pause temporarily and 7% reporting being unsure. Notably, not a single respondent advocated for a permanent pause in the training of advanced AI models.

To quickly recap, in response to the boom in generative AI, one organization recently called for a six-month pause on the training of all AI models more powerful than GPT-4. We asked readers of LTN and across ALM what they thought. Notably, respondents in all camps noted the need for regulation, guardrails or other oversight to ensure proper AI usage.

Here’s a roundup of what some of your industry colleagues had to say. Being quoted was optional, so we’ve also included some of the most representative and interesting anonymous comments.

Past the Point of No Return

Pick your metaphor of choice—the cat is out of the bag, the horse has left the barn, the genie is out of the bottle, you can’t unring a bell, you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube—generative AI has resurrected them all.

Simply put, much of the industry is of the mind that we’re too far down the generative AI path to turn around at this point, even if we wanted to. Some were bullish about the benefits and opportunities that generative AI has to offer, while others cited a concern that only the good actors would pause, leaving nefarious actors to gain a critical advantage.

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