AI Skeptic Geoffrey Hinton: “It’s Scary”

AI Skeptic Geoffrey Hinton: “It’s Scary”

2. May 2023 0 By Horst Buchwald

AI Skeptic Geoffrey Hinton: “It’s Scary”

The renowned AI researcher and one of the “Godfathers of AI”, has resigned from his position as Google VP and Engineering Fellow to speak more openly about the potential dangers of AI.

Speaking to the New York Times, he primarily mentioned concerns about AI such as deepfakes, misinformation and the impact on the job market. He also does not rule out the possibility that AI could surpass human intelligence.

Hinton, along with Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio, won the prestigious 2018 Turing Award for their contributions to the development of deep neural networks that underpin modern AI. His most significant contribution to this field is the backpropagation algorithm, which he proposed together with two students in the 1980s and which serves as the basis for most machine learning models.

“I console myself with the usual excuse: If I hadn’t done it, someone else would have,” Hinton said. One concern he has is that AI could take away more than just “drudgery” and eliminate more jobs than people anticipate.

Going forward, Hinton worries that AI technology that generates and runs its own computer code could take on unexpected behaviors and humanity could face a new reality with fully autonomous weapons.

“Compare how it was five years ago and how it is now.” He feels that this is “scary.”

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