Unchecked generic AI could destroy society, marginally increase workers’ productivity: Japanese companies

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By journalsofus.com


Japan’s largest telecommunications company and largest newspaper have issued a stark warning about artificial intelligence, saying that if it is allowed to go unchecked, it could result in the collapse of society as we know it. . He says that this technology is also “expected to improve labor productivity to some extent”.

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) and Yomiuri Shimbun Group Holdings on Monday issued a joint proposal on shaping generative AI, urging authorities to revise laws surrounding the technology and saying AI has already Having a negative impact on users.

The paper reads, “If generative AI is allowed to go unchecked, trust in society as a whole could suffer as people become distrustful of each other and lose incentives to guarantee authenticity and trustworthiness.” Are.” “There are concerns that, in a worst-case scenario, democracy and social order could collapse, resulting in war.”

Both companies said that humans are unable to fully control this technology, saying that AI “lies with confidence” and that humans are “easily fooled.” The design of AI systems to capture users’ attention has also been harmful, the paper argues, “harming autonomy and dignity, which are essential values ​​that allow individuals to be free in our society”.

The proposal criticizes AI being used in schools, especially for young students whose “ability to make appropriate decisions has not fully matured”.

The group calls on Japan’s government to take action, including laws protecting elections and national security, and stronger copyright laws. Recognizing that any legal reforms will take time, the organizations are calling on media and industry leaders in the country to introduce regulations related to the spread of AI technologies.

Although the report was cautious about AI’s shortcomings, it was not dismissive of the technology as a whole, noting that the genie has long been out of the bottle – and is no longer going back in.

“AI technology is already indispensable to society,” the companies said. “If AI technology is dismissed as completely unreliable due to out-of-control generative AI, humanity’s productivity could decline.”

Japan, like the US, is embroiled in AI regulation. Meanwhile, the EU has already ratified a provisional agreement setting out AI rules that could set the tone for how other countries will act going forward.

The AI ​​Act, as it is called, sets rules for a range of industries from banking to transportation, as well as guidelines for how law enforcement can use AI in their duties. It also explains how large language models can be built to protect both individual privacy and corporate secrets.

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