UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has assembled a team of AI catastrophists, led by tech investor Ian Hogarth, to advise on national AI policy. Sunak plans to make AI safety his legacy issue, like climate change. However, his embrace of alarmist rhetoric risks inhibiting innovation and entrenching Big Tech dominance. Critics argue the PM should balance risks with opportunities and seek diverse expert input.
Rather than spreading hysteria, Sunak needs to provide steady leadership to maximize prosperity with increasingly intelligent machines. The future depends on clear-sightedness and overcoming catastrophic thinking in shaping this consequential technology.