AI could become the last invention of humanity: former OpenAI boss warned of the inevitable
Artificial intelligence might be the final technology created by humans. While the coexistence of humans and AI may bring about unfavorable consequences in the short term, this technology is expected to ultimately transform everyone's lives for the better.
This perspective comes from Zach Kass, the former head of OpenAI (developer of ChatGPT), who identifies himself as an artificial intelligence futurist. He envisions AI becoming a genuine boon for humanity.
Having departed from OpenAI last fall to champion the AI revolution and serve as a self-proclaimed PR advocate for the technology, Kass is convinced that AI will be humanity's salvation.
"AI is not doom and gloom; the future is not bleak and post-apocalyptic but bright and filled with more joy and less suffering," affirms Kass.
Simultaneously, he acknowledges that, in the short term, the technology may lead to "uncomfortable consequences for people," but in the long run, it will yield more benefits.
Kass predicts that AI will enable people in developed countries to work "much less," and for those in less affluent nations, AI will provide access to new opportunities.
"Every child will have a teacher with artificial intelligence," predicts the researcher.
He also anticipates that each person will possess their own AI doctor to "assist in diagnosing and, at the very least, refer the patient to a specialist." In this context, he mentions that in January 2024, it was announced that the first new antibiotic in 60 years was discovered thanks to AI.
He also states that there is a consensus among figures in the AI industry that, regardless of their views being positive or negative, "they all recognize the incredible potential of this technology."
"I haven't met a single industry insider who doesn't recognize the fact that this may be the last technology that humans will ever invent," Kass said.
According to him, once AI reaches a certain level of development, it will "propel us forward at an exceptional rate, and we will live increasingly fuller, more joyful lives with less suffering, and ... explore other worlds and galaxies."
He acknowledges that his predictions may sound naive to many AI experts, as many of them hold a more negative view of the impact of AI development on humanity.
"I think there are people who will say that the risk is so great that even the benefits are not worth it. I strongly disagree with this. I just don't see any evidence that AI is going to kill us all," emphasizes Kass.
Nevertheless, he admits that AI could create serious, though not existential, problems for humanity.
Specifically, intellectual development may halt for a generation or even several generations, as all complex problems will be solved by AI. However, Kass believes that humanity will eventually overcome this challenge.
There is also a risk that a certain group of people will face an identity crisis because AI will be capable of performing their jobs. But, according to Kass, the concern is not that people will be left without a livelihood, but rather that they won't know what to devote their lives to.
Moreover, humanity will need to exert effort to ensure that AI operates in the interests and for the benefit of all mankind.