New Framework for Evaluating AI Models Against Novel Threats
A group of researchers has proposed a new framework for evaluating general-purpose AI models against potential risks. It is important to identify these risks early in order to develop and deploy AI systems responsibly.
Currently, AI researchers use different benchmarks to identify unwanted behaviors in AI systems, such as biased decisions or repeating copyrighted content. However, as AI systems become more powerful, we need to expand the evaluation process to include extreme risks from AI models with dangerous capabilities like manipulation, deception, and cyber-offense.
In their recent paper, the researchers introduce a framework for evaluating these novel threats. The framework was developed by collaborating with experts from various universities and organizations.
To assess extreme risks, developers need to evaluate for dangerous capabilities and alignment. By identifying these risks early on, we can train new AI systems more responsibly, describe their risks transparently, and apply appropriate cybersecurity standards.
Model evaluation helps us uncover the extent to which a model has dangerous capabilities and if it is prone to causing harm. By evaluating alignment, we ensure that the model behaves as intended across various scenarios. These evaluations will help AI developers determine if the model poses extreme risks.
In some cases, specific capabilities might be outsourced to humans or other AI systems, which could lead to misuse or failures of alignment. Therefore, the AI community should treat an AI system as highly dangerous if it possesses a capability profile sufficient to cause extreme harm.
Implementing model evaluations for extreme risks is critical for safe AI development and deployment. Companies and regulators can use these evaluations to make responsible decisions regarding training and deploying potentially risky models. Transparency and appropriate security measures can also be ensured.
However, it is important to note that model evaluation alone is not a solution for all risks. Factors external to the model, such as social and political forces, can also contribute to risks. Model evaluation needs to be combined with other risk assessment tools and a commitment to safety across different sectors.
In conclusion, developing a framework for evaluating AI models against novel threats is essential for responsible AI development. Collaboration between different stakeholders in the AI community is necessary to establish approaches and standards that prioritize the safety of AI systems.