AI Pioneer Geoffrey Hinton Quits Google, Warns of Potential Dangers of AI
Geoffrey Hinton, one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence (AI), has left his job at Google, warning of the potential dangers of the technology. Hinton, who spent most of his academic life researching AI, expressed regret about his life’s work and said he quit his job to speak freely about the dangers of AI. He warned that as companies improve their AI systems, they become increasingly dangerous, and that it is hard to prevent bad actors from using AI for nefarious purposes. Hinton also called chatbots “quite scary”, adding that while current chatbots were not more intelligent than humans, they soon could be.
Hinton and his students created a neural network in 2012 that could teach itself to identify common objects such as flowers, dogs, and cars by analysing thousands of photos. Google spent $44 million to acquire a company started by Hinton and his two students, and their neural network led to the creation of chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google Bard.
As AI continues to make its way deeper into our lives, Hinton’s warning about its potential dangers highlights the need for caution and responsible use of the technology.