‘Godfather of AI’ leaves Google, warns of tech’s dangers

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Raising concerns about artificial intelligence has become a popular trend in the era of ChatGPT, with notable figures such as industrialist Elon Musk, leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky, and retired statesman Henry Kissinger joining in the discourse, the Associated Press reported.

However, it is the apprehensions voiced by insiders within the AI research community that are garnering significant attention. Geoffrey Hinton, a pioneering researcher often referred to as the “Godfather of AI,” recently stepped down from his position at Google to freely express his concerns about the dangers associated with the technology he played a crucial role in developing.

Throughout his illustrious career spanning several decades, Hinton’s groundbreaking contributions to deep learning and neural networks have laid the groundwork for much of the AI advancements seen today.

In recent months, there has been a surge in the introduction of AI technologies. OpenAI, a San Francisco-based startup supported by Microsoft and the creator of ChatGPT, unveiled its latest AI model, GPT-4, in March. Other tech giants have also invested in competing AI tools, such as Google’s “Bard.”

According to Geoffrey Hinton, the potential dangers posed by AI chatbots are alarming. In an interview with the BBC, he expressed his concerns, stating that currently, these chatbots are not more intelligent than humans, but he believes that may change in the near future.

Hinton also highlighted the risks associated with “bad actors” who could exploit AI technology for nefarious purposes, as reported by the AP.

In an interview with MIT Technology Review, he emphasized the potential detrimental impacts on society, including the manipulation of elections or the incitement of violence, which could result from the misuse of AI.

Written by staff