Palantir corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California, US, on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

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Palantir’s president, Alex Karp, is against the idea of ​​a pause in AI research, in contrast open letter From the Future of Life Institute signed by some of the biggest names in the tech industry.

The letter, which has garnered more than 31,000 signatures including names like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, called for a halt to AI research on larger models of GPT-4, which powers tools like ChatGPT.

The letter also said that “if such a halt cannot be enacted quickly, governments must intervene and impose a moratorium”.

Speaking to BBC Radio in an interview broadcast on Thursday, Karp said he sees “many people who ask for a pause, ask for a pause because they don’t have a product.”

The reason for this, he added, without naming anyone, is that “people with nothing to offer want to study AI,” but by stopping, it could lead to robbing opponents not only in commercial applications, but also in military applications.

For him, “studying this and letting others win both in business areas and on the battlefield” is a really bad strategy.

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When asked if what he wants is an “AI race” akin to the Cold War arms race, Karp simply states that “there’s already an AI arms race, we’re just ahead, (and) it’s not like we’ve slowed down, the IQ race is going to stop.” artificial.”

He noted that the “single most important event” in this race is not large language models like GPT-4, but instead how AI can be used in military applications.

Karp notes that the Ukrainian forces used Blantyre’s technologies to gain a technological advantage over the invading Russian forces. report from times In December 2022, it was revealed that Palantir’s artificial intelligence had allowed Ukraine to increase the accuracy, speed, and severity of its artillery bombardment despite having relatively smaller artillery forces. Palantir sells software to governments and private sector organizations that help them analyze large amounts of data.

The appearance of this AI-powered program on the battlefield, Karp said, “casts a harsh punch on every country in the world.” He added, “Especially (for) our opponents, they can’t afford that advantage. And so, the race is on. There’s just a matter of are we going to stay ahead or give up the lead.”

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