Open source "the most important closed-door meeting in the history of AI"! Technology bigwigs such as Musk and Xiaoza gathered to discuss the future of AI

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Shin Ji Won reports

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The AI closed-door summit held yesterday brought together the most influential industry leaders in the AI industry to see what they all talked about.

Yesterday, at 10 a.m. local time, the big names of the AI industry gathered in Washington for the AI Summit chaired by Senator Schumer.

Meta CEO Xiaoza and NVIDIA CEO Lao Huang stopped at the door of a building to chat for a while.

Google CEO Pichai stood with a senator, while X boss Musk quickly waved to the crowd and quickly walked past a large number of camera lenses.

Inside the room, Musk sat with Xiaoza at the other end of the room, probably the first time the two had been in the same room since they began challenging each other to fight each other a few months ago.

Schumer, who chaired the summit, said in an interview on Tuesday that inaction on artificial intelligence was unacceptable.

"AI will be the most transformative thing that will affect us in the coming decades. It will affect every aspect of life. It has tremendous potential to do something truly beneficial: cure cancer, improve our food supply, and help with our education. It has great potential to do bad things: to allow prejudice to persist and put many people out of work."

"The conference may become a very important historical moment for civilization"

As many as 60 senators sat like schoolchildren in a private briefing room — no words or even raised hands allowed.

About 20 Silicon Valley CEOs, ethicists, and academics predicted ways in which AI would disrupt, improve or even eliminate the way we know it.

"It's important for us to have a referee so that the company doesn't run AI products uncontrollably." Musk, CEO and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and X, spoke to reporters outside the briefing. "[This meeting] could become a very important historical moment for civilization."

"I think everyone agrees that this is something we need government to come forward and lead," said Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, who believes policymakers want to "do the right thing" and marvels at how quickly the government is setting rules around the technology.

The whole meeting was not just talking about big and empty issues, the participants asked a lot of specific questions.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is focused on solving global hunger.

Musk and former Google CEO Schmidt raised the existential risks posed by artificial intelligence.

Zuckerberg raised the issue of closed and "open source" AI models.

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna voiced opposition to proposals that other companies want to license large models.

Outside the meeting, Google CEO Cao Chai declined to give specifics, but generally supported the idea of government involvement.

(GATES: Isn't it right for me to draw alone?) )

In his prepared remarks, Xiaoza said, "Congress should work with AI to support innovation and safeguards." He said AI has two decisive issues: security and accessibility.

Meta has built safeguards into its generative AI model and is seriously considering how to launch AI-driven products. But Zuckerberg said Meta believes powerful AI models "will be an increasingly important driver of opportunity in the future."

"We believe policymakers, academia, civil society and industry should work together to minimize the potential risks of this new technology while maximizing the potential benefits," Xiaoza said. "If you think this generation of AI tools is a meaningful step forward, it's important not to underestimate its potential."

Xiaoza also praised Meta's open-sourcing of its Llama 2 model, which provides more space for AI technology. At the same time, he pointed out that it is important to balance regulation and innovation.

And in all the reports, I can't see any information from Boss Huang, maybe he just wants to quietly sell his "shovel".

Different voices for closed-door forums

Although the guests spoke highly of the impact and role of the conference, there were also some critics outside the conference.

Some senators criticized the forum, calling it a way for tech giants to influence policy. "We need more public hearings so that we have more transparency about how regulations are being made." "I hope that other forums will also be open to the public."

Ramayya Krishnan, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Information Systems and Public Policy, told the media that other AI forums must be public.

As big tech companies dabbling in AI call for regulation, concerns have increased about "regulatory hunting" (when an industry can decide how to make laws), which could put smaller companies at a disadvantage.

"I don't know why we invite all the biggest monopolists in the world to come and give Congress advice on how to help them make more money, and then close it to the public," one critic told the media.

Some would-have attended said they refused to attend what it called "big cocktail parties for big tech companies."