AI as dangerous as nuclear weapons, warns famous investor Warren Buffett

AI as dangerous as nuclear weapons, warns famous investor Warren Buffett
AI as dangerous as nuclear weapons, warns famous investor Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, famous American investor and billionaire, compares artificial intelligence (AI) to nuclear weapons. And he’s not the first industry player to make such an analogy.

Huge potential

The 93-year-old spoke at the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate and investment company of which he is CEO, in Omaha, Nebraska. “ We let a genie out of the bottle when we developed nuclear weapons. AI is a bit of the same thing: it’s partly out of the bottle », he analyzed in the lines of Wall Street Journal.

According to him, predicting the future impacts of technology on the world is very difficult. “ It has enormous potential for good and enormous potential for evil. I don’t know how this is going to happen “, he clarified. Comments which come at a time when there is growing concern about the place of AI in the military industry.

Buffett was notably captivated by a deepfake of himself. These montages created by artificial intelligence make it possible to create fake videos of people, which sometimes appear completely real. He even estimated that their potential in the world of fraud was considerable. “ If I wanted to invest in scams, it would be the most profitable sector of all time “, he assured.

Warren Buffet is far from being the only individual to have warned about the advent of AI. Google’s Sundar Pichai and OpenAI’s Sam Altman have both compared the technology to nuclear weapons, even though their companies are among the most advanced in the field.

Geoffrey Hinton, a specialist in artificial neural networks, has resigned from Google after more than a decade with the company. An approach with a specific goal: to warn of the dangers of AI, the evolution of which is accelerating at an exponential speed.

Deployment accelerates

Despite the many concerns expressed by big names in the sector, the deployment of generative AI tools is intensifying… Even at Berkshire Hathaway. The company has begun using AI in some of its businesses to optimize employee productivity, said Greg Abel, Buffett’s designated successor as chief executive. According to a study by McKinsey, technology will add $4.4 trillion in value to the global economy in the coming years.

Governments know they must act quickly. The European Union has ratified its legislation to regulate AI, the AI ​​Act. More measured, the United States has nevertheless set up a committee for safe and secure AI on which the leaders of the sector sit. For its part, the UN adopted a first resolution aimed at developing ethical AI and “ trustworthy “.

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