AI Pause Debate Week

In March of 2023, 30,000 people, including leading AI figures like Yoshua Bengio and Stuart Russell, signed a letter calling on AI labs to pause the training of AI systems. While it seems unlikely that this letter will succeed in pausing the development of AI, it did draw substantial attention to slowing AI as a strategy for reducing existential risk.

While initial work has been done on this topic (this sequence links to some relevant work), many areas of uncertainty remain. I’ve asked a group of participants to discuss and debate various aspects of the value of advocating for a pause on the development of AI on the EA Forum, in a format loosely inspired by Cato Unbound.

De­bate se­ries: should we push for a pause on the de­vel­op­ment of AI?

What’s in a Pause?

AI Pause Will Likely Backfire

Policy ideas for miti­gat­ing AI risk

How to think about slow­ing AI

Com­ments on Man­heim’s “What’s in a Pause?”

The pos­si­bil­ity of an in­definite AI pause

The Case for AI Safety Ad­vo­cacy to the Public

AI is cen­tral­iz­ing by de­fault; let’s not make it worse

How would a mora­to­rium fail?

We are not alone: many com­mu­ni­ties want to stop Big Tech from scal­ing un­safe AI