Geoffrey Hinton, a well-known AI pioneer, has left Google to express his worries about the hazards connected with generative AI, the technology powering popular chatbots such as ChatGPT as well as Google Bard.
According to the New York Times, artificial intelligence pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has resigned from Google in order to convey his worries about the possible hazards of generative AI technology.
Dr. Hinton expressed sorrow in a recent in-depth interview about his life’s work, which served as the foundation for AI systems utilized by major tech corporations. “I justify myself with the normal excuse: if I had not done it, someone else would have,” he said. Leaders in the industry think that generative AI will result in significant breakthroughs in a range of fields, including drug development and education, but there is rising worry about the hazards that this technology may provide.
“It is difficult to see how you can stop bad actors from exploiting it,” Dr. Hinton added. He stressed the potential for generative AI to propagate disinformation, replace employment, and potentially endanger mankind in the long run.
Hinton, sometimes known as “the Godfather of AI,” has had a long and notable career in the area. His early neural network research, which goes back to the 1970s, culminated in a game-changing breakthrough in 2012 when he and his doctoral students at the University of Toronto constructed systems capable of interpreting and recognizing objects in tens of thousands of photographs. This achievement opened the path for cutting-edge AI developments such as ChatGPT and Google Bard.
Hinton, on the other hand, believes that as AI systems have become more powerful, so have the hazards connected with them. “Take notice at the difference between how things were five years ago and the way it is now,” he says. “Take what’s different and move it forward. That’s terrifying.” He cites the rising rivalry between Microsoft and Google as evidence that it may be hard to halt the development and implementation of potentially destructive AI technologies.
Dr. Hinton’s main fear is that the internet will become swamped with misleading information, making it difficult for the average individual to tell the difference between reality and fiction. “My fear is that the internet will become inundated with false videos, pictures, and text, and the average person will no longer be able to tell what is true,” he said.
Hinton also has concerns about the impact of AI on the employment market, particularly for occupations that need repeated work, such as paralegals, personal assistants, as well as translators. “It removes the drudge work,” he explained. “It could end up taking away even more than that.”
Hinton is concerned about the potential long-term growth of automated weaponry, as well as the possibility of AI surpassing human intellect. “The notion that this kind of stuff was capable of becoming smarter than people — some individuals believed that,” he explained. “However, most people believe it it is unlikely to happen. And I even thought it was a long shot. I assumed it would at least be 30 to 50 years or possibly even longer. Clearly, I don’t believe that anymore.”