(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Artificial intelligence (AI) can create“immense” positives for the world and will be an“incredibly powerful” system that can solve the biggest problems facing societies, including addressing climate change, providing education, and eradicating disease, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI – the company that created ChatGPT – has told Qatar Foundation's (QF) Education City Speaker Series.
HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, attended Altman's talk at Qatar National Library in Education City, where he shed light on various aspects of AI, such as its role in education, its risks, the inequity of AI technology among developing and developed countries, and expert predictions for what AI will mean for the world in the future.
“The positive is technology can create worlds which will be immense, and the main point I would like to make is that we are still at the very, very beginning – and that we can get immensely better with more skill systems,” said Altman.“So, everything happening now will look totally unprecedented for years.”
Speaking about what experts predict for the future of AI, Altman said:“Remember, five years ago, the consensus from all the experts about automation was that robotics and physical tasks would take over.
“For example, they said truck drivers were in bad shape. Then they said to wait longer to see whether basic cognitive labor would be taken over by AI, and then even longer to see whether creativity got taken over by AI. And it's been exactly the opposite.”
And he highlighted that anyone who predicts the future of AI should not be believed, because“it's very difficult to do”.
Moderated by Elyas Felfoul, director of Policy Development & Partnerships at QF's global education thinktank WISE, the session gave members of Qatar's community the chance to interact with Altman.
One audience question spotlighted the issue of fear of change and job losses through AI, with Altman responding:“I think we're going to manage to get to the other side – we have to – but this is going to be a dramatic change.
“In this next decade, we are going to live through history in a way that we haven't done in this world. The socio-economic contract is going to change a lot. There is fear, for sure, but it is up to us to figure out how to do good.
"With this technology, there is going to be economic impact – that's unavoidable. Over time, I think AI will automate more and more jobs; I'm pretty sure that in most of the categories, humans will just operate at a higher level and quality. We've seen this with previous technology – computers, for example. And it has been seen that, for the most part, people have been able to just do more and better. I think that is what will happen with AI."
During his time at Education City, Altman also visited Qatar Computing Research Institute, part of QF's Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
The Education City Speaker Series is a QF platform for dialogue that allows the public to hear from and interact with local, regional, and international thought-leaders and experts.
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