AI pioneer leaves Google to speak freely of its 'dangers'

The pioneer of the artificial intelligence, Geoffrey Hintonstated that he left Google to speak freely about dangers of this type of technology, realizing that the chatbot and software with AI they could reach surpass people’s intelligencelong before he and other experts expected.

Among the immediate concerns of the “godfather” of AI is the overexposure of fake photos, videos and texts on the internet, which prevent the average person “know what is true“; the probable replacement of human workers by these technologies; and the generation and code execution without the authorization of people.

“The idea that these things could actually become smarter than peopleSome people believed it. But most people thought it was too far away. And I thought it was too far. I thought between 30 and 50 years were missing or even more. Obviously, I don’t think that anymore”, Hinton admitted in an interview with the New York Times.

In 2012, Dr. Hinton and two of his graduate students at the University of Toronto created a technology that became the conceptual basis of AI systemsto which the technology companies most important in the world bet on him as the key to the future.

On Monday, May 1, the scientist formally joined the call for alarm of others critics in the trade, upon resigning from Google, where he worked for more than a decade. In the interview with the New York Times he lamented his life’s work. I console myself with the usual excuse: If I hadn’t done it, someone else would have done it.“, he confessed,

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After Open AI released a new version of ChatGPT in March, more than thousand researchers and technological leadersamong them Elon Muskthey signed a letter in which they urged stop for six months the development of new AI systems, by planning “deep risks to society and humanity“.

On April 5, 19 current and former leaders of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligencea scholarly society for over 40 years, published their own letter warning about the risks of these new technologies. Among them is Eric Horvitzscientific director of Microsoftwhich has implemented OpenAI technology in a wide variety of products.

In their letter, they encouraged the AI ​​research community to increase the efforts to guarantee security and reliability in these technologies, having as limits the ethics and the social impacts. “We hope others will join us in our mission to harness AI for the betterment of all mankind“, ended the text.

With information from Reuters

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