(ConcernedPatriot.com) – Geoffrey Hinton, a well-known AI pioneer, left his position at Google to raise awareness of the dangers posed by generative AI. This technology underlies well-liked chatbots like ChatGPT and Google Bard.
According to The New York Times, Geoffrey Hinton, a pioneer in artificial intelligence, reportedly resigned from his position at Google to voice his concerns about the possible risks of generative AI technology.
The 'Godfather of AI' has resigned from Google so he can more freely “warn society of technology he’s touted.”
In 2019, I spoke with Dr. Geoffrey Hinton at the @torontorbot Gala Dinner where he was honoured. Here's our conversation. pic.twitter.com/pT16rsibo8
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In a recent in-depth interview, Dr. Hinton voiced sorrow about his life’s work, which served as the foundation for the AI systems utilized by big tech companies.
“I console myself with the usual justification: If I hadn’t done it, someone else would have, he said. Leaders in the industry think that generative AI could lead to significant advancements in a number of fields, such as drug development and education. Still, there is rising worry about this technology’s dangers.”
Dr. Hinton added, “It is difficult to see how you can stop the bad actors from exploiting it for negative reasons. He stressed how generative AI could eventually endanger civilization by contributing to the spread of false information, eliminating jobs, and other negative effects.”
Hinton, frequently called “the Godfather of AI,” has had a prestigious career spanning many years. In 2012, he and his doctoral students at the University of Toronto developed systems that could recognize and classify items in tens of thousands of photographs, building on their earlier research on neural networks that goes back to the 1970s.
This achievement made modern AI breakthroughs such as ChatGPT and Google Bard possible.
Hinton believes that as AI systems have become more potent, so too have the dangers that come along with them.
“Look at how it was five years ago and how it is now,” he said. “Take the difference and propagate it forwards. That’s scary.”
He argues that it might be hard to prevent the development and use of potentially destructive AI technologies due to the growing rivalry between Google and Microsoft.
The likelihood that the internet would be overwhelmed with erroneous information, making it difficult for the average individual to discriminate between reality and fiction, is Dr. Hinton’s main worry.
“My concern is that there will be an abundance of misleading images, videos, and texts on the internet, making it impossible for the average individual to discern what is real,” he stated.
Hinton is also worried about AI’s impact on the labor market, particularly for jobs like paralegals, personal assistants, and translators that require repeated work. “It eliminates the tedious work,” he claimed. “It might take more away than that.”
Hinton is concerned about the potential for AI to outsmart humans and the long-term development of autonomous weaponry.
“Few people,” he claimed, “believed that this stuff could actually get smarter than people.”
“But most people believed it to be greatly off. And I believed it to be wildly off. I assumed that would be more than 50 years away. Evidently, I no longer hold that opinion.”
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