Ridley Scott, the director behind sci-fi classics such as “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” is deeply concerned about the potential for AI technology to become uncontrollable and impact society.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, while promoting his film “Napoleon,” Scott was questioned about his concerns regarding artificial intelligence, to which he emphatically responded in the affirmative.
“We have to lock down AI. And I don’t know how you’re gonna lock it down,” he conveyed to the outlet. “They have these discussions in the government, ‘How are we gonna lock down AI?’ Are you f—ing kidding? You’re never gonna lock it down. Once it’s out, it’s out.”
He went on to say, “If I’m designing AI, I’m going to design a computer whose first job is to design another computer that’s cleverer than the first one. And when they get together, then you’re in trouble, because then it can take over the whole electrical-monetary system in the world and switch it off. That’s your first disaster. It’s a technical hydrogen bomb. Think about what that would mean.”
Scott also drew parallels between his apprehensions and his film “Blade Runner,” featuring Harrison Ford in a futuristic Los Angeles pursuing humanoid replicants.
“I always thought the world would end up being run by two corporations, and I think we’re headed in that direction,” remarked the 85-year-old. “Tyrell Corp in ‘Blade Runner’ probably owned 45-50% of the world, and one of his playthings was creating replication through DNA. Tyrell [played by Joe Turkel] thinks he’s god and in the first ‘Blade Runner’ has made a Nexus female. And the Nexus female will have a limited lifespan because AI will get dangerous.”
The director of “Gladiator” was also questioned about AI in connection to the recent Hollywood strikes, where the incorporation of this technology was a significant point of contention in negotiations.
“They really have to not allow this, and I don’t know how you can control it,” he remarked.
He added, “There’s something non-creative about data. You’re gonna get a painting created by a computer, but I like to believe – and I’m saying this without confidence – it won’t work with anything particularly special that requires emotion or soul. With that said, I’m still worried about it.”
Earlier this month, Julia Louis-Dreyfus showcased the creative limitations of AI when she delivered a speech that she claimed to have written with ChatGPT, resulting in confusion as the AI mistakenly identified her as Julia Roberts.
“Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed guests, and fellow investors, today is a moment of profound gratitude and reflection for me as I accept the great honor of being recognized as the investor of the year by Wall Street Journal,” she expressed with laughter resonating through the venue at the WSJ. Magazine 2023 Innovator Awards.
Continuing, Louis-Dreyfus remarked, “Reflecting on this milestone, I am reminded of the unwavering support of my family and the unyielding dedication of my team that has been the driving force behind my investment strategies and my performances in ‘Erin Brokovich,’ ‘Pretty Women’ and ‘Mystic Pizza.’”
Wrapping up her speech, the ex-“Seinfeld” star concluded, “In the end, folks, it’s the humans who do the innovating and the entertaining.”
Source: Fox News