Google‘s CEO Sundar Pichai admitted he doesn’t ‘fully understand’ how the company’s new AI program Bard works, as a new expose shows some of the kinks are still being worked out.
One of the big problems discovered with Bard is something that Pichai called ’emergent properties,’ or AI systems having taught themselves unforeseen skills.
Google’s AI program was able to, for example, learn Bangladeshi without training after being prompted in the language.
‘There is an aspect of this which we call – all of us in the field call it as a ‘black box.’ You know, you don’t fully understand,’ Pichai admitted. ‘And you can’t quite tell why it said this, or why it got wrong. We have some ideas, and our ability to understand this gets better over time. But that’s where the state of the art is.’
DailyMail.com has tested out Bard recently, in which it told us it had plans for world domination starting in 2023.
One AI program spoke in a foreign language it was never trained to know. This mysterious behavior, called emergent properties, has been happening – where AI unexpectedly teaches itself a new skill. https://t.co/v9enOVgpXT pic.twitter.com/BwqYchQBuk
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 16, 2023
Scott Pelley of CBS’ 60 Minutes was surprised and responded: ‘You don’t fully understand how it works. And yet, you’ve turned it loose on society?’
‘Yeah. Let me put it this way. I don’t think we fully understand how a human mind works either,’ Pichai said.
Notably, the Bard system instantly wrote an instant essay about inflation in economics, recommending five books. None of them existed, according to CBS News.
In the industry, this sort of error is called ‘hallucination.’
Elon Musk and a group of artificial intelligence experts and industry executives have in recent weeks called for a six-month pause in developing systems more powerful than OpenAI’s newly launched GPT-4, in an open letter citing potential risks to society.
‘Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable,’ said the letter issued by the Future of Life Institute.
The Musk Foundation is a major donor to the non-profit, as well as London-based group Founders Pledge, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, according to the European Union’s transparency register.
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