Godfather of AI Quits Google, Fears AI's Risks and Regrets His Work

Alarm Bells Geoffrey Hinton, as one of the foremost pioneers of artificial intelligence, is often hailed as the “godfather of AI.” His seminal work in neural networks won him the attention of Google, where he’s worked for over a decade, and eventually even a Turing Award, the most prestigious prize in computer science. But now, in a new interview with The New York Times, Hinton reveals that he has left Google, warning of the dangerous implications of the very technology he innovated. A part of him, he says, regrets his life’s work. “I console myself with the normal excuse: If I hadn’t done it, somebody else would have,” Hinton told NYT. “It is hard to see how you can prevent the bad actors from using it for bad things,” he later added. He couldn’t have chosen a more critical — and bold — time. The explosive rise of generative AI systems like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and the capabilities of its latest GPT-4 model has had industry experts so worried that over 1,000 of them, including tech leaders like Elon Musk, recently signed an open letter calling for a moratorium on developing anything more advanced. For Hinton to chime in now is one hell of a foreboding omen, to say the least. War for the Worst According to Hinton, he told Google he was leaving last month, which wouldn’t have been long after his interview with CBS in which he warned that we were at a “pivotal moment” for AI. For the most part,…Godfather of AI Quits Google, Fears AI's Risks and Regrets His Work

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