Leaders in the tech industry are sounding the alarm bells about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence, with some going as far as to say that the development of A.I. could eventually lead to humanity’s extinction. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio: Leaders in the tech industry are sounding the alarm bells about the dangers of artificial intelligence with some going as far as to say that the development of AI could lead to the extinction of the human race. They’re equating it to thermo nuclear war. That’s how serious they think this is. What’s your take on it?

Farron Cousins: No, they literally did. They said, we have to regulate this the same way that we have kind of come together as a world to regulate nuclear arms. Because that is how big of a threat artificial intelligence poses. And we have seen just in the, you know, first six months of this year, we have seen massive, I don’t want to call ’em improvements, but massive jumps in the development of artificial intelligence. And that’s what is scaring the very people who are the godfathers of artificial intelligence.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah, actually, I was just gonna say, the person who is determined to be the originator and godfather of AI has said, OMG. Oh my God, what have we done? And this is not a list of lightweights. What, how many, 300 plus of these scientists that do nothing but work with AI say, this is real. Now let’s go back to the story where we did a while back where the reporter, was it New York Times, called an AI was, which I forget.

Farron Cousins: I think it was, it may have been chatbot, ChatGPT. I’m not sure which one.

Mike Papantonio:One of them. One of them. So the reporter calls and starts interviewing this AI creature thing. And the AI creature thing gets mad at the reporter and starts saying, you know, your nose is too big. You got a big forehead. You are the same thing as Stalin and Hitler, remember that? He starts cussing the AI starts cussing at the reporter, and then the next day denies it all. Says I didn’t do anything. Right?

Farron Cousins: Yeah. That was a truly disturbing story. And it just, I mean, look, AI is volatile and we’re a country right now, just the United States, we haven’t even figured out how to regulate social media yet.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: And we have already now evolved into artificial intelligence. We’re already behind the curb on the entire tech industry and now we’ve got this new creature that we don’t know what it can be or what it will be. And these folks are moving forward at breakneck speed because they gotta compete with one another to be the first to get it right. And the regulators who are already useless are even dumber in this instance.

Mike Papantonio: Well, I mean, really the idea of government doing anything about this is just almost laughable. But, you know, if you look at it, I think this article points out this, most people who hear this story think that it’s just a small bunch of doomers, right? Oh, it’s just a handful. No, it is 350 of the greatest minds dealing with AI, invented it, progressed it, made it into what it is today. They’re saying, whoa, we gotta stop. As a matter of fact, they’re asking for a six month pause where it comes to the development of the large AI.

Farron Cousins: Globally.

Mike Papantonio: Globally, where it comes to development of the AI models. Now, I wish I could analyze it better. I’m just not smart enough, I guess. I see how it could get, but I think of, where do they get their, where does AI get its information? It scrapes all of its information from social media. Worse, yes, it scrapes it from corporate media. And so when you put all that together, you create this thing, this ugly little thing that had the capacity to cuss the reporter out that was asking tough questions, call ’em Hitler and Stalin. That’s pretty scary stuff.

Farron Cousins: Yeah. And it only took a few minutes for that thing to go from nice and friendly to I hate you. I want you to die.

Mike Papantonio: I hate you. I will, I would kill you if I had hands. Right?

Farron Cousins: Yeah.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.