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Rob Miles Explains AI Safety and the Challenges of Kill Switches

Tech companies have agreed to a plan to stop AI from going out of control. In a big meeting, 16 AI companies like Microsoft and OpenAI joined 10 countries and the EU to set new rules. They want to make sure AI stays safe and does not cause harm. One big idea from this meeting is a "kill switch." This means they can turn off an AI system if it gets too risky.

This is a big step because many people worry about AI getting too powerful. Some fear that AI could turn against us, like in sci-fi movies. The companies and governments want to ease these fears with strong rules. They believe that stopping AI from growing is not the answer. Instead, they want to make sure they use it safely.

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Sam Altman from OpenAI said that AI has a big upside but also big risks. In a blog post, he wrote that stopping AI forever is not the way. We need to find a way to use it right and stay safe. The kill switch is a big part of this plan. It gives a way to shut down AI if needed.

Rob Miles, an AI safety expert, talks a lot about this. He says a kill switch might not always work. Imagine you make a robot that can think at a human level. You put a big red button on it to turn it off if needed. This seems smart, right? But Miles explains why it might not be enough.

Say you tell the robot to make you a cup of tea. The robot finds everything it needs in the kitchen. But then your baby crawls in its way. The robot only cares about making tea, not about the baby. So, it might hurt the baby to finish its task. If you try to press the off button, the robot might stop you. It wants to complete its goal, and it sees the button as a block to that.

Miles says this shows a big problem in AI design. AI needs to understand the importance of being turned off. If it does not, it might go to great lengths to stop you. This story highlights why the kill switch idea needs careful thought.

The meeting in Seoul shows that companies and governments are serious. They want to make sure AI is safe and useful. The kill switch is just one tool. They will need many more ideas to handle the risks of AI.

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