Stephen Downes

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Sam Altman (the CEO of openAI) and company are no doubt right when they say "that within the next ten years, AI systems will exceed expert skill level in most domains, and carry out as much productive activity as one of today's largest corporations." We could argue about what he means by 'productive' in this context, but more to the point: if AI is something that should be governed, why on earth would we entrust this governance to the corporations that created (some of) it or "major governments around the world"? This announcement should be seen for what it is, in my view: a bid to entrench the major players in their leadership by requiring any new entrants "to be subject to an international authority that can inspect systems, require audits, test for compliance with safety standards, place restrictions on degrees of deployment and levels of security, etc." 

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