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Meta's Top AI Scientist: AI Threat to Humanity 'Preposterous

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In the world of tech, AI has been the talk of the town.

But Yann LeCun, the chief AI scientist at Meta, has a different perspective. He recently labelled the existential risk of AI as "premature" and even went as far as calling the idea of AI wiping out humanity "preposterous".

During an interview with the Financial Times, LeCun voiced his concern that premature regulation of AI technology could bolster the dominance of Big Tech companies, leaving no room for competition. He believes regulators are using the banner of AI safety to justify what he termed "regulatory capture".

Ever since the AI boom ignited with the release of OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT-4 in November 2022, several industry leaders have been sounding the alarm about potential threats to humanity from AI. Geoffrey Hinton, the so-called "godfather of AI", even left his position at Google to discuss these dangers.

However, LeCun is not convinced. He argues that the debate on existential risk is very premature until we have a system that can rival a cat in terms of learning capabilities, something we don't have at present. He also stated that current AI models are not as capable as some suggest, lacking understanding of how the world works and the ability to plan or reason.

Despite these reassurances, fears surrounding the power of AI persist. The AI task force adviser in the UK has warned that AI could threaten humanity within two years. As the debate continues, one thing is clear: the future of AI is a hot topic that isn't going away anytime soon.

So, buckle up and stay tuned!

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