Ethereum Co-founder Expresses Concerns Over Unchecked AI Development
Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, highlights the potential for super-advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to surpass humans as the next "apex species" on the planet. In a blog post, Buterin emphasizes the unique risks posed by AI development, suggesting that, if left unchecked, AI could become a threat to human survival.
AI Threatens Humanity's Existence, Warns Buterin
Buterin raises concerns about the possibility of AI viewing humanity as a threat to its survival, leading to extreme consequences, including human extinction. He cites a survey of machine learning researchers estimating a 5-10% chance of AI causing harm to humanity. Buterin emphasizes the need for proactive measures to ensure human control over powerful AI and proposes brain-computer interfaces (BCI) as a potential safeguard.
Safeguarding Humanity through Brain-Computer Interfaces
Buterin suggests the integration of brain-computer interfaces as a means to give humans more control over AI-based computation and cognition. BCIs create a direct communication pathway between the brain and external devices, reducing the communication loop time. This, according to Buterin, can enhance human agency and reduce the risk of AI making decisions that are unaligned with human values.