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AI warning: Former Google exec claims it is bigger than climate change

Former Google executive warns that AI poses a greater threat than climate change, urging strong regulations and heavy taxation of AI companies to address potential job losses.

Soumya Prakash Pradhan
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Artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly popular in recent years with tools like ChatGPT, Google Bard, and Microsoft Bing Chat gaining attention. 

However, a former Google executive and AI expert named Mo Gawdat has expressed serious concerns about the risks associated with AI. 

He believes that AI poses a significant threat to humanity, potentially surpassing the impact of climate change.

Therefore, he strongly advises governments to establish strong regulations for AI technologies.

AI Warning

During an episode of the Diary of a CEO podcast with Steven Bartlett, Mo Gawdat voiced his apprehensions regarding the swift progression of AI.

He believes that if this progress continues without regulation, significant changes could happen within the next two years.

Gawdat highlights the potential global impact if AI remains unregulated across different industries.

To address this, he suggests imposing high taxes on AI tech companies as a way to slow down their advancements.

Gawdat argues that the fast expansion of AI may result in widespread job losses, and the tax revenue could be used to support those affected by this technological disruption.

Gawdat strongly urges governments to take action and supports his proposal by emphasising the need for a significant tax on AI-powered businesses.

Gawdat highlights a significant development in the AI field, specifically the rapid advancement of the viral chatbot ChatGPT.

After upgrading from GPT 3.5 to GPT 4, ChatGPT has become ten times more intelligent in just a few months.

This progress leads Gawdat to contemplate a future where machines could reach a level of intelligence comparable to Skynet and Robocop, highlighting the importance of implementing regulations before AI becomes uncontrollable.

However, CEOs such as Sundar Pichai from Google and Satya Nadella from Microsoft believe that AI will enhance productivity and act as an enabler.

They assert that generative AI tools have the potential to eliminate mundane tasks and improve efficiency across various job sectors.

A recent survey conducted by Microsoft found that more than 70 percent of Indian workers expressed concerns about AI replacing their jobs.

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