The godfather of artificial intelligence warns of the dangers of this technology

According to RT, after leaving his position at Google, Jeffrey Hinton spoke openly about the potential dangers that the inappropriate use of this technology could cause.

Scientist Geoffrey Hinton, considered the godfather of artificial intelligence for his contributions to its development, warned in an interview with The New York Times about the risks that his life’s work could pose to humanity.

Hinton, who was awarded the Turing Award in 2018, developed in 2012 with two students from the University of Toronto the foundational technology of artificial intelligence systems, which is now used by large companies such as OpenAI, Google or Microsoft to create their information platforms. .

The expert has worked at Google for over a decade; However, a month ago, he decided to step down from his position at the tech giant in order to speak freely about the consequences that the misuse of generative artificial intelligence could have on humanity.

Potentially dangerous technology

According to the engineer, new artificial intelligence systems could mean big advances in fields ranging from medical research to education. However, he warned that this technology could be a tool of disinformation and pose a danger to humanity. “It’s hard to see how bad actors can be prevented from being used for bad purposes,” he said.

Since leaving his job, Hinton has formally joined a group of academics who have criticized and expressed the risks that technology companies face when competing to develop products based on generative artificial intelligence, as is the case with Google and Microsoft.

As he noted, until last year, Google acted as a “proper steward” of the technology and was careful not to create a platform that could ultimately cause harm.

What are the dangers of artificial intelligence?

However, he warned, now that Microsoft has introduced an artificial intelligence chatbot to its Bing search engine, there is competition to develop this “unstoppable” technology.

In this context, Hinton noted that he is directly concerned that the Internet is filled with photos, videos, texts and false information, due to which the average Internet user “can no longer know what is true.”

On the other hand, he indicated that he was also concerned that artificial intelligence systems could affect the labor market, since, with the ability to cope with routine tasks, they could replace paralegals, personal assistants, translators and other professions.

He also noted that as people and companies allow AI systems to not only generate their own computer code, but also run it on their own, they can develop unexpected behavior, which is why he fears that one day this technology may give way to truly autonomous weapons such as like the killer robots popularized in science fiction.

“The idea that these creatures could become smarter than humans is something that some believed, but most people thought it was far from the truth. I thought that 30 to 50 years were gone, or even more. Obviously I don’t think so anymore,” he said.

In this sense, Hinton stated that in a certain part he regrets that he created the foundations that gave birth to this technology. “I console myself with the usual excuse: if I hadn’t done it, someone else would have done it.”

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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