Geoffrey Hinton, a renowned computer scientist and trailblazer in artificial intelligence, has left Google and joined the growing list of experts warning about the potential risks of AI. Hinton believes that future versions of the technology could pose a real threat to humanity, and he feels the need to speak out about his concerns.
AI Pioneer Geoffrey Hinton Warns of Technology
Geoffrey Hinton, one of the co-winners of the Turing Award in 2019 and a trailblazer in artificial intelligence, has left Google and is warning about the future of AI. In an interview with The New York Times, Hinton expressed his worries about the technology he helped create, particularly about the potential for bad actors to use it for nefarious purposes. He believes that future versions of AI could pose a real threat to humanity.
Hinton is not alone in his concerns. Other experts, such as the co-founders of the Center for Humane Technology, Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin, have spoken out about the unbridled development and release of AI. An open letter from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, signed by 19 current and former leaders of academic society, was released last month, warning of the risks around AI and the need for collaboration to mitigate those concerns.
Despite leaving Google, Hinton tweeted that he felt the company had acted responsibly in its development of AI. Jeff Dean, senior vice president of Google Research and AI, said in an email statement that the company remained committed to a responsible approach to AI and was continually learning to understand emerging risks while also innovating boldly. However, Hinton felt he had to leave the company to speak out about his concerns.
Hinton’s departure from Google and his warnings about the future of AI highlight the need for continued discussions and collaborations around the responsible development and use of this technology. As AI continues to advance and become increasingly integrated into our lives, it is important to consider its potential impact on society and take steps to ensure that it is used for the greater good.
Artificial intelligence pioneer leaves Google and warns about technology’s future