Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, who has reportedly spent his entire career working on artificial intelligence, is now warning against the technology’s potential dangers.
The artificial intelligence pioneer known as the “Godfather of AI” has left his post at Google to speak more candidly about the potential risks of the technology.
Dr. Geoffrey Hinton spent over ten years working on machine learning algorithms at Google before leaving. According to reports, it was his lifelong research on neural networks that gave him the nickname.
Instead, Hinton clarified in a tweet on May 1 that he was quitting his job at Google “so I could talk about the dangers of AI.”
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In an interview with The New York Times, he expressed his concerns about AI, stating that it would be used to saturate the internet with fake images, videos, and text to the point where many people would “no longer be able to tell what’s true.”
Hinton is also worried about AI replacing humans in the world of work. He thought that when AI learned unexpected behavior from the large amounts of data it examined, it would eventually threaten humanity.
He also voiced concern about the ongoing competition to advance AI technology to use it in lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS).
Additionally, Hinton admits some regrets about his life’s work:
I justify myself by using the common defense that someone else will complete the task if I don’t.
Regulators, policy makers and leaders in the technology sector have all expressed concern in recent months about advances in AI. The call for a temporary halt in AI development was made in an open letter signed by more than 2,600 CEOs and industry researchers in March, citing “immense risks to society and humanity.”
A similar petition was issued by 12 EU legislators in April, and a recent draft EU law divides AI products into hazardous categories. In addition, the UK is providing $125 million to assist the task force in creating “safe AI”.
AI is used in jokes and fake news campaigns
Recent cases where media outlets were tricked into releasing false information, as well as one German publication using AI to create interviews, show that AI technology is already being used for disinformation.
On May 1, Binance confirmed that it was the target of a smear campaign started by ChatGPT and provided evidence of the chatbot’s assertion that CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao was a member of the Chinese Communist Party’s youth group.
The bot includes links to Forbes articles and Zhao’s LinkedIn page, which it claims to have obtained the information from; however, neither the article nor Zhao’s LinkedIn profile appears to be missing.
The Daily Mail and The Independent were among the media outlets duped by a bunch of pranksters last week.
A report about a Canadian actor claiming to be named “Saint Von Colucci” who allegedly died after plastic surgery to make him resemble a South Korean pop star was originally published by The Daily Mail before being deleted.
The information was found in an actor’s death press release issued by a person or organization posing as a public relations agency and containing images that appeared to be generated by AI.
In April, German publication Die Aktuelle published an interview with former Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, who suffered a severe brain injury in a skiing accident in 2013. The interview was synthesized using ChatGPT.
According to rumors, the story will culminate in legal action from the Schumacher family.
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