Zuckerberg, the head of Meta, plans to develop a powerful Artificial Intelligence (AI) system with human-level intelligence and later make it broadly available to everyone. This initiative, as reported by The Guardian, has been met with significant concern from the scientific community.
Dame Wendy Hall, a professor at the University of Southampton and a member of the United Nations' advisory body on AI, expressed grave concerns.
"The idea of open AI being released before we have figured out how to regulate these very powerful AI systems is really scary. In the wrong hands, technology like this can do great harm. It's so irresponsible for a company to suggest it," she stated.
She compares the idea of sharing such a system with everyone to "giving a template to build an atomic bomb."
Dr. Andrew Rogoyski, Director of the Institute for People-Centred AI at the University of Surrey, also warned of the potential risks.
"It could be world-saving or catastrophic. These decisions should be made by international consensus, not in the boardroom of a tech giant," he said.
On Thursday, Zuckerberg reiterated his intention to make the system publicly available as long as it's the 'safe and responsible thing to do.'
He has not yet set a timeframe for when the system will be ready.