Fox News Host Throws In Towel Over AI

In response to a letter signed by Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and other industry titans, the Fox News roundtable of “The Five” agreed that artificial intelligence research should be halted because of the “deep threats to civilization” it poses.

This letter appears simultaneously as programs like ChatGPT and Google’s Bard, which can simulate human speech, are in development for widespread release.

Co-host Jesse Watters remarked on Wednesday’s The Five broadcast that most Americans are terrified about robots stealing their jobs, but the fears are unfounded.  He went on to explain why people could stop worrying about it. 

He said the robots are not allowed to shop. Robots have no spending power. Robots are not eligible for 401k plans or salary. You’d effectively wipe out the economy by introducing robots.

He then discussed the prospect of artificial intelligence turning people into slaves.

His explanation for his lack of concern was that machines are employed to save time and money. Robots would be slaves, and he maintained that slaves were inefficient,

He said that compared to the economy in the North, the South was very inefficient. The economic model it used was backward. He said that’s why we’ll never choose that path. 

Then he asked why these AI developers would not build in a “kill switch.”

After joking about infecting AI with a virus, he quickly added that he had “no idea what he was talking about, much to the amusement of his colleagues on the show.

If artificial intelligence were to eventually enslave him, he reasoned, he could say he had a nice run.

Elon Musk and hundreds of others signed the letter calling for a halt to artificial intelligence development.

On March 22, 1,800 people, including Gary Marcus (a cognitive scientist) and Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple), signed the letter.

OpenAI, a company started by Musk and funded by Microsoft, developed GPT-4, which can compose music, have natural conversations, and summarize dense academic texts. 

In the letter, it was said that AI systems competing with people harm society.