‘Godfather of AI’ quits Google, says AI will eliminate jobs and humanity
Hinton had recently handed in his resignation from his position at Google, where he had worked for more than a decade. He said that there is a part of him that is unhappy with the way he spent his life.
Geoffrey Hinton, who is also known as the “Godfather of AI,” has left Google. Hinton has two worries about the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which he has expressed as he prepares to leave office.
In an interview with The New York Times (which was obtained by The Verge), Hinton was quoted as saying that his immediate worry is the proliferation of false information and that in the longer term, he is concerned about the survival of mankind.
As artificial intelligence (AI) begins to write and execute its own code, he warned that this will result in the elimination of jobs and possibly humanity itself. It was said that Hinton said something along the lines of, “The idea that this stuff could actually get smarter than people — a few people believed that.”
“But the vast majority of people believed that it was far off. And I was of the opinion that it was really off. I had the impression that it was at least thirty to fifty years away, if not much farther. Obviously, I do not believe that anymore,” he said.
Hinton had recently handed in his resignation from his position at Google, where he had worked for more than a decade. He said that there is a part of him that is unhappy with the way he spent his life. I try to comfort myself by telling myself the standard justification, which is that if I hadn’t done it, someone else would have. “It is difficult to see how you can prevent bad actors from using it for bad things,” he added. “It is hard to see how you can prevent bad actors from using it.”
He was awarded the Turing Prize in 2018 for their seminal work that paved the way for the recent explosion of interest in AI. Following the acquisition of a company that Hinton had co-founded with two of his students, Hinton decided to join Google. One of his former pupils now holds the position of head scientist at OpenAI.
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