One of the pioneers of the AI industry, Jeffrey Hinton, left Google and warned the world about the potential risks associated with the technology. Writes about it The New York Times.
According to him, the threat will come earlier than expected.
“I thought it would be in 30-50 years or even more. Obviously, now I don’t think so, ”the scientist said.
Hinton has stated that he regrets his life’s work. He mentioned the short-term risks associated with the labor market, as well as the spread of fake photos, videos and texts.
“Now I think that the digital intelligence we are creating is very different from the biological one,” the scientist said in a comment for CNBC.
Hinton cited the power of the GPT-4 language model and the ChatGPT chatbot, which has gone viral since it launched late last year.
“If I have 1000 identical digital agents with the same weighingwhenever one agent learns something, they all immediately know about it because of the same weight,” Hinton said.
According to him, biological agents cannot do this.
“In this way, sets of identical digital agents can get much more skills. That is why GPT-4 knows much more than any person, ”concluded the scientist.
Hinton said he left Google to speak freely about the dangers of AI.
In the NYT today, Cade Metz implies that I left Google so that I could criticize Google. Actually, I left so that I could talk about the dangers of AI without considering how this impacts Google. Google has acted very responsibly.
— Geoffrey Hinton (@geoffreyhinton) May 1, 2023
“I left to talk about the dangers of AI without thinking about how it affects Google. Google acted very responsibly,” he wrote.
Hinton, known as the “Godfather of AI”, received his PhD in artificial intelligence 45 years ago. He remains one of the most respected experts in the field.
For the past decade, Hinton has worked part-time for the tech giant. In 2022, he was named Vice President and Fellow at Google Brain.
Division head Jeff Dean expressed regret at Hinton’s departure.
“I will miss him and I wish him all the best!” he said.
Recall that in April, Google merged the Brain and DeepMind divisions into one team.
In July 2022, the tech giant fired engineer Blake Lemoine, who discovered “mind” in the LaMDA language model.
In July 2021, Google AI co-founder Sami Bengio resigned.
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