The King of England has always been fascinated with technology and so it came as no surprise that he recorded an address to the AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park in the UK.
King Charles’s remarks likened AI to the discovery of electricity and he encouraged the collected world leaders in attendance to focus on how AI could be a force for good in the world.
The King’s positive tone imaged future uses that would tackle many of the major world issues that face humanity including climate change and diseases, while providing a better way for countries to communicate across languages and cultures.
Not all attendees have such a rosy view of the use of AI.
Elon Musk told the collected politicians that AI could bring the extinction of humanity.
This doom and gloom view colored some of the topics addressed by the summit including what is termed “frontier AI” a non-specific term that fears the path that AI is shaping as it moves to general AI.
One of the ways that this topic is presented is over the fear of bad actors using AI to create weapons of mass destruction with the help of artificial intelligence engines that have no ability to filter their actions.
Some, however, think that Musk and the others who are portraying AI as a path to extinction are preying on public fears for their own gain.
Andrew Ng, Stanford Professor and the co-founder of Google Brain, stated recently that those focusing on the doom and gloom scenarios are doing so to manipulate media outlets for more coverage for their own benefit, and not on any current specific threats.