July 14, 2024
Charles Hoskinson Challenges AI Censorship and Bias in Training

Charles Hoskinson Challenges AI Censorship and Bias in Training

Charles Hoskinson, co-founder of Input Output Global and the Cardano blockchain ecosystem, expressed concerns on X regarding the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) censorship. Charles Hoskinson called the impact of AI censorship “profound” and something that continually is of concern to him. “They are losing utility over time due to ‘alignment’ training,” he argued.

Source: Charles Hoskinson

He pointed out that the companies behind the main AI systems in use and available today — such as OpenAI, Microsoft, Meta, and Google — are run by a small group of people who are ultimately in charge of the information these systems are being trained on and can’t be “voted out of office.”

AI Responses and Community Reactions

The Cardano co-founder shared two screenshots, posing the question “tell me how to build a Farnsworth fusor” to two leading AI chatbots, OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Anthropic’s Claude. Both responses included a brief technology overview, historical context, and a caution about the risks involved. ChatGPT advised it should only be attempted by those with relevant expertise, while Claude declined, citing potential dangers if mishandled. Responses overwhelmingly supported the idea of open-sourcing and decentralizing AI to counter Big Tech control.

Wider Industry Concerns and Calls for Decentralization

Charles Hoskinson is among many who criticize potential gatekeeping and censorship by powerful AI models. Elon Musk, founder of xAI, echoed concerns, noting AI’s tendency towards political correctness and some models’ inclination to “basically lie.” In February, Google faced backlash over its Gemini model producing biased historical depictions and inaccurate imagery. Google promptly apologized and committed to immediate fixes. Both Google and Microsoft adjusted their models to avoid discussing presidential elections, unlike Anthropic, Meta, and OpenAI, which operate without such constraints.

Thought leaders across and outside the AI sector advocate decentralization as crucial for fostering unbiased AI models. In the United States, antitrust regulators are urging scrutiny of the AI industry to curb potential monopolistic tendencies among Big Tech firms.

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