The man who is frequently credited with being the father of artificial intelligence has left Google, citing worries about the spread of false information, the potential for AI to completely change the employment market, and the “existential risk” posed by the development of a true digital intelligence.

As initially reported by the New York Times, Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, who constructed a neural net in 2012 at the University of Toronto with two of his students, left Google this week.

Hinton, 75, admitted that he left the profession in part out of sorrow and to talk openly about the perils of artificial intelligence. He was hired by Google ten years ago to assist in the development of the company’s AI technology, and the methodology he pioneered paved the path for present-day systems like ChatGPT.

According to him, up until last year, Google was a “proper steward” of the technology. However, after Microsoft began integrating chatbots into its Bing search engine and the corporation started to worry about the damage to its search business, his opinion changed.

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He warned that some of the risks associated with AI chatbots were “quite scary” and that they might eventually surpass human intelligence and be used by “bad actors” to their advantage. “Since it can generate a lot of text automatically, you can get a lot of spambots that are really powerful. Authoritarian rulers will be able to influence their electorates in this way.

The “existential risk of what happens when these things get more intelligent than us,” he continued, was something else that worried him.

The kind of intelligence we are producing, he continued, “is very different from the intelligence we have.” So, it’s as if there were 10,000 people and everyone knew something the moment one person learned it. This is how these chatbots get access to so much more knowledge than a single human.

He is hardly the only leading figure in AI research who worries that the technology could seriously hurt people. Elon Musk said last month that he had broken up his relationship with Google co-founder Larry Page as a result of Page “not taking AI safety seriously enough”. According to Musk, Page want “digital superintelligence, essentially a digital god, if you will, as soon as possible,” according to Fox News.

The sloppy attitude to safety in AI systems, according to Valérie Pisano, CEO of Mila, the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, would not be accepted in any other sector. The technology is out into the world, and as it engages with people, its creators watch to observe what occurs and adapt as necessary. Collectively, we would never tolerate this mentality in any other industry. We tend to say things like, “Yeah, sure, we’ll figure it out later” when it comes to technology and social media, she added.

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People won’t be able to tell what is true any longer as AI-generated images, videos, and text saturate the internet, confirming Hinton’s fear that this will happen within the next few years.

The ability to create photo-realistic graphics has recently improved thanks to image generators like Midjourney; one such image of Pope Francis wearing a Balenciaga puffer coat went viral in March.

Hinton was also afraid that, in the long run, AI might eliminate jobs like paralegals, personal assistants, and other “drudge work” as well as potentially more.

Hinton’s contributions to the firm over the previous ten years have been valued, according to a statement from Google’s head scientist, Jeff Dean.

“Over the years, I’ve genuinely appreciated all of our chats. He will be missed, and I wish him the best.

“We are dedicated to a responsible approach to AI as one of the first companies to establish AI Principles. We are always learning to innovate bravely while also understanding growing threats.According to Toby Walsh, head of the University of New South Wales AI Institute, consumers nowadays should be skeptical of any internet content.

You should consider the possibility that whatever digital data you see, whether it be audio or video, has been faked.


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