Why did Geoffrey Hinton, the “Father of AI,” leave Google?
Geoffrey Hinton, who is known as the “Godfather of AI,” left Google on Monday. He said that at the current rate, technology will learn “ways to manipulate people” and take over humans.
In an interview with CNN, the “Godfather of AI,” who is 75 years old, said that he had to “blow the whistle” to let tech workers know what the risks of AI are.
He knew that machines are getting smarter than people at a rate that has never been seen before.
Hinton said, “I’m just a scientist who all of a sudden realised that these things are getting smarter than us.” He had helped develop neural networks for AI that are used in many technology products.
“I want to sort of “blow the whistle” and say that we need to think hard about how to stop these things from taking over our lives.
Geoffrey Hinton was in the news when he said he was leaving Google so he could talk openly about how dangerous AI is.
Hinton told the New York Times, “I make myself feel better by telling myself that if I hadn’t done it, someone else would have.”
He said that AI would make the world a place where many people “wouldn’t be able to know what’s true anymore.” He put extra stress on the jobs that AI would take away.
“Only a few people thought that this stuff could really get smarter than people,” the “Godfather of AI” said.
Hinton said, “If it gets to be much smarter than us, it will be very good at manipulating because it will have learned that from us, and there aren’t many examples of a more intelligent thing being controlled by a less intelligent thing.”
“It knows how to code, so if we put limits on it, it will find ways to get around them. It will find ways to trick people into doing what it wants.”
In March, a lot of experts, including tech CEOs and experts, wrote and signed an open letter about the dangers of AI. The letter said that AI offers “deep risks to society and humanity.”
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and a tech billionaire, has also said that he is making software that is much more powerful than ChatGPT 4.
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and one of the people who signed the letter, said Tuesday, “Those who want to trick you will find it much easier to do so. We aren’t really making any changes in that area because we think the rules we already have will take care of it.”
While talking to CNN, the co-founder of Apple also brought up the idea of “regulating AI.”
Hinton, who did not sign the letter, said, “I don’t think we can stop the growth. I didn’t put my name on the paper.
“We should stop working on AI because if people in America stop, people in China won’t,” Hinton said.
Despite that, he said, “I’m not sure we can solve this problem. I think that we should put a lot of thought into how to solve the problem. I don’t have a plan right now.”