“The Father of AI” Resigns from Google and Issues a Warning About Dangerous Tech

A man who is regarded as the “godfather” of artificial intelligence (AI) claims to have resigned from his position at Google in order to openly discuss the risks associated with the technology. Talking about his experiences at Google and his broader concerns about the growth of AI, Geoffrey Hinton recently spoke with The New York Times and other media outlets. He led the Google Research team in Toronto, Canada, for ten years before leaving the search engine business, he told the Times last month. The 75-year-old Hinton has led the way in deep learning and neural network research throughout his career. A computer processing system that mimics the functions of the human brain is called a neural network. Hinton’s research served as a foundation for a large portion of AI.

 

Hinton won the Turing Award in 2019 together with three other computer scientists for their independent neural network research projects. According to some, the prize is known as the “Nobel Prize of Computing.” Concerns on the direction AI is taking have also been voiced by the other two winners, Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio. Numerous innovative artificial intelligence technologies have been unveiled in recent months. The American startup OpenAI, supported by Microsoft, released ChatGPT-4, its most recent AI model, in March. Google’s Bard system is one of the computing technologies in which other major giants have invested. We refer to these tools as “chatbots.”

 

According to Hinton, the risks associated with these kinds of tools are “quite scary.” “As far as I can tell, they’re not more intelligent than us right now,” he continued. However, I believe they will be soon. He stated that he thinks the vast volumes of data that AI systems process and analyze are making them smarter. Hinton also expressed his concern to the MIT Technology Review that some “bad” people would use AI in ways that would be extremely detrimental to society. AI systems encouraging violence or meddling in elections are two examples of such impacts. He told the Times that he believed artificial intelligence (AI) may lead to a future when humans would “not be able to know what is true anymore.”

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