Geoffrey Hinton, an AI expert, and Turing Prize winner, who is also known as the “Godfather of Artificial Intelligence,” has recently made some concerning remarks about the dangers of AI. He has joined other pioneers and notables in warning about the potential risks associated with AI technology. The 75-year-old Hinton announced his resignation from Google in a statement to the New York Times, stating that he now regrets his work in the field of AI.
Hinton, who played a key role in developing the AI technology that is currently used by the biggest companies in the tech industry, has warned that “bad actors” could use AI for nefarious purposes. He tweeted that he left Google not to criticize them but to talk about the dangers of AI without considering how it would impact Google. He also said that Google has acted responsibly so far.
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Hinton originally believed that we were still decades away from a critical point in AI development, but he now believes that it could happen much sooner than he thought. He expressed concern that AI could replace human workers and contribute to the spread of misinformation. Hinton admitted to the New York Times that he regrets his contribution to AI development and said, “I console myself with the normal excuse: If I hadn’t done it, somebody else would have.”
According to Hinton, Google used to be a responsible steward of AI technology, but the competition with Microsoft has changed that. The two tech giants are now in a race to develop the most advanced AI technology, and Hinton believes that it might be impossible to stop this competition. His immediate concern is that AI could be used to flood the internet with false information, making it difficult for people to know what is true anymore.