‘The U.S. Government Should Enforce AI Standards by Restricting Chip Sales’


Google DeepMind’s co-founder has given an interview where he asserts that Nvidia computer chips should only be sold to ethical AI companies.

Nvidia is one of the most valuable companies in the world and its A100 and H100 chips are used to accelerate machine-learning tasks.

Speaking to the Financial Times today, Mustafa Suleyman says that the U.S. should enforce minimum global standards for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and companies should abide by the pledge made to the White House by leading AI firms.

Back in July, leading AI companies made a non-binding agreement with the Biden administation, pledging they will develop technical mechanisms like watermarking AI-generated material so that people know what they’re looking at is not real.

“The U.S. should mandate that any consumer of Nvidia chips signs up to at least the voluntary commitments — and more likely, more than that,” Suleyman tells the Financial Times. “That would be an incredibly practical chokepoint that would allow the U.S. to impose itself on all other actors.”

The U.S. already has restrictions in place for exports of sophisticated Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices AI chips, including on China and some other countries in the Middle East.

Suleyman is also the chief executive of Inflection AI, a startup backed by Microsoft that has raised $1.3 billion from Nvidia and other firms.

The British researcher and entrepreneur has been a constant advocate of tough regulation of AI, and he has urged the U.S. to put safeguards in place.

He believes the “exponential trajectory” of AI means that AI models will be 100 times more powerful in just two years’ time.

Industry Warnings

Back in May, Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, claimed that many people could be “harmed or killed” by AI if is not regulated properly.

Elon Musk and Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak were among a host of tech experts calling for a pause on AI development back in March.

“Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete, and replace us?” the letter read.

However, according to Verdict, Suleyman argues that the industry should be “focused on the practical near-term capabilities which are going to arise in the next 10 years”.

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