the idea The idea that machine intelligence will one day take over the world has long been a staple of science fiction. But given the rapid development of consumer-grade artificial intelligence tools, that fear has become closer to reality than ever in the past few months. The generative AI boom has fueled both excitement and apprehension, leaving many uneasy about the future of this apparently powerful but still nascent technology. This week, for example, the nonprofit Center for Artificial Intelligence Safety released a short statement warning that society should take AI as seriously as an existential threat, as it does nuclear war and pandemics.
this week at gadget labwe spoke with WIRED Senior Writer Will Knight about just how dangerous AI really is, and what guardrails we can put in place to prevent a robot apocalypse.
Read Will’s story about experts fearing artificial intelligence poses an existential threat to humanity. Read all of WIRED’s coverage of AI.
will recommend novels antimatter blues Edward Ashton. Mike recommends using Bee’s Wrap instead of single-use plastic for food storage. Lauren recommends HBO succession Podcast, hosted by Kara Swisher.
Will Knight can be found on Twitter @knight of will. Lauren Goode is @Lauren Goode. Michael Calore is @fast food wars. Bling’s main hotline@gadget lab. The show is presented by Boone Ashworth (@Burnashworth). Our theme music is composed by Solar Keys.
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