Nail disturbing investigation revealed that an Artificial Intelligence (AI) can become “easily evil” and create more 40,000 chemical weapons in just 6 hours.
Although it seems the prologue of a dystopian sci-fi novel, is something that happened in real life; As part of the tests conducted by a pharmaceutical laboratory, an AI specialized in drug development created more than 40,000 lethal chemical weapons in just 6 hours.
This caused great concern in a scientific community which had already shown concerning symptoms for the participation of Artificial Intelligence in the creation of biological and chemical instruments.
The dangerous advance of AI
Is it possible that an AI will turn against us and develop massively deadly biological and chemical weapons? This is a question that everyone has been asking for a few years.
Artificial intelligence has reached unthinkable points in the past.
But it seems that researchers Pharmaceutical Collaborations they responded by testing their reach in the generation of pharmaceutical formulas.
“I don’t want to be alarmist saying there’s going to be an AI fueled chemical war. I don’t think that’s the case now. I don’t think that will be the case any time soon. But it’s something starts to become a possibility“.
so clear Fabio Urbine, lead author of the paper at a conference on biological weapons control. Experts have reported that AI invented possible chemical weapons resembling one of the deadliest nerve agents that ever existed, VX.
A small drop of this tasteless and odorless agent can cause excessive sweating, seizures and even to avoid than an adult human being take a deep breath.
Experts have observed in the molecules newly created by AI that many of them resemble VX and other agents of war. But more worryingly, others have been found, generated from chemical warfare models that the AI was completely unaware of. In few words, developed them from scratch.
“It was generating molecules that made sense because some of them had already been made.”
Fabio Urbina said it was originally expected that many of the compounds generated would be more toxic this VX. Something surprising and disturbing in equal parts, since this compound is one of the most powerful known.
This means that a very small amount would be deadly for everyone.
Biological access to AI
The scientific community is increasingly concerned about the biological access of AI.
This experiment showed something that many experts had predicted and which becomes one of the greatest fears the scientific community; how easy it would be to generate chemical weapons using an AI.
Urbina explained that the results obtained could be obtained thanks to a free open source software. It is the same with the bases of toxicity of the molecules which are publicly available.
“I don’t want to sound sensational, but it’s pretty easy for someone to replicate what we did.”
This is something that seems quite disturbing, especially at a time when the technological evolution where AIs have reached a point unthinkable in the past. Scientists like the late Stephen Hawking warned that the overdevelopment of artificial intelligence could mean the end of the human race.
Is this a “red flag” for humanity? Without a doubt. Obviously, we are very far from an AI advanced enough to fully develop a lethal chemical agent and unleash it on a city, but the scientific community has publicly shown its concern about its progress in biological matters… And it must be for a pattern.
The research was published in the journal Intelligence of natural machines.
The references: Very interesting / History.
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