This section collates excerpts from the works of leading Chinese AI scientists about catastrophic risks from both highly capable general-purpose AI systems and narrow AI models which could cause harm in specific domains, which match or exceed the capabilities present in today’s most advanced AI systems.

Key concerns featured in the discussions include loss of human control over AI systems and catastrophic risks from advanced AI systems.

Wen GAO︎︎︎

Bo ZHANG︎︎︎

  • Honorary Dean of AI Institute and Professor of Computer Science at Tsinghua University
  • Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences 
  • Chief Scientist at AI safety/security start-up RealAI
  • Technical consultant for Microsoft Asia Research Institute

Andrew YAO ︎︎︎

  • Recepient of the Turing Award in 2000
  • Recepient of the Kyoto Award in Advanced Technology in 2021
  • Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Member of U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • Dean of Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences (IIIS) in Tsinghua University

Ya-Qin ZHANG︎︎︎

  • Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Tsinghua University Chair Professor of Intelligent Science
  • Director of the Tsinghua Institute for AI Industry Research
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Foreign fellow of Australian Academy of Technology Sciences and Engineering
  • Previously served as President of Baidu, Corporate Senior Vice President of Microsoft, Chairman of Microsoft Research Asia, Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia, and Chairman of Microsoft China R&D Group

Yi ZENG︎︎︎

  • Researcher at the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Deputy Director of the Brain-Inspired Intelligence Research Center
  • Co-Director of the China-UK Research Centre for AI Ethics and Governance
  • Member of the National Next Generation AI Governance Expert Committee in China
  • Expert at UNESCO Ad Hoc Expert Group for the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Tiejun HUANG︎︎︎

  • Professor at the School of Computer Science, Peking University
  • Director of Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI)
  • Fellow of the China Computer Federation, Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence, and China Society of Image and Graphics
  • Recipient of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, Changjiang Distinguished Professorship, and National Talent Program for Technological Innovation Leadership

Binxing FANG︎︎︎

  • Cybersecurity expert
  • Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Honorary director of the National Computer Network and Information Security Management Center
  • Director of the Network Security Technology National Engineering Laboratory, Guangzhou University
  • Honorary president of the Institute of Advanced Cyberspace Technology

Chinese Perspectives
on Existential Risks from AI

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