Pros and cons of artificial intelligence

AI offers ‘unimagined capabilities’ but experts have warned it could serve ‘nefarious aims’

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ChatGPT has intensified concern over AI
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Artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to a “nuclear-level catastrophe”, according to a third of researchers surveyed for an annual report by Stanford University.

AI systems “demonstrate capabilities in question answering, and the generation of text, image, and code unimagined a decade ago”, said the report’s authors. But they are “prone to hallucination, routinely biased, and can be tricked into serving nefarious aims”.

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