The former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, warned of the risks posed by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and called on governments to take steps to ensure that the technology isn’t misused. Speaking during The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit in London, Schmidt raised concerns over the potential risks posed by AI, describing it as an “existential risk.” Schmidt went on to predict that there may be a time in the future when these systems will be able to discover new kinds of biology and exploit zero-day flaws in cyber issues. He added that regulating AI posed a broader question for society, but suggested there was unlikely to be a regulatory agency set up in the US that would be tasked with regulating AI.

Schmidt’s comments follow similar warnings from other tech industry leaders, including Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, who conceded earlier this year that he was “a little bit scared” of AI, and Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, who has previously warned of the “biggest risks” posed to civilization by AI. Schmidt was part of the National Security Commission on AI in the US, which began a review of the technology back in 2019, including the assessment of possible regulatory frameworks. The commission had published its review in 2021, which concluded that the US was ill-prepared for the age of AI.

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