The Futility of Restricting AI Development

by Dmitry Kirsanov 16. October 2023 12:27

Recently, the chorus of voices calling for regulatory restrictions on Artificial Intelligence (AI) has grown. The melody is a familiar one: bold innovators shouting about safety and accountability now that competition threatens their once-winning business formulas. The loudest calls for restrictions emanate from Big Tech players like OpenAI, Claude, and Tesla's Elon Musk.

But imposing limitations on AI development at this juncture is a futile endeavor and here's why:

Global Diversity

The world is no longer uni- or bi-polar. Regulations framed in the USA are unlikely to parallel those in China, Russia or other countries. National restrictions will only stifle developers within their borders, creating an unanticipated spin on competition. Far from ensuring the safety of AI applications, these regulations could become barriers to innovation itself.

The Next Step in Evolution

Some adventurers posit AI as the next link in human, or perhaps, life's evolutionary chain. Leveraging non-secret technologies that drive modern AI development, they will eventually create AI engines, autonomous and free-thinking. This is not a stream you can dam; the water will find a way.

The "Promise" of Certifications

We can anticipate that dominant enterprises, like NVidia, might try to navigate these turbulent waters by partnering with major field players. They may seek to introduce a "Good AI Certification", restricting third-party solutions that lack their 'digital nod'. But let's be realistic. How long until Chinese or Russian collaborators create an AI-centric chip? Or hack the existing Nvidia one? The march of progress is relentless.

To sum it all up, developers are free to set rules for their own creations, but trying to regulate an entire burgeoning industry like AI is a futile exercise in herding cats. Rather than restricting the potential of AI through regulatory limitations, we should be enabling progress through open collaboration and innovation. And that is a song worth singing.



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