The uproar still accompanies the news of the resignation of Jeffrey Hinton, who is widely seen as the spiritual father of artificial intelligence, especially since the 75-year-old man attached his decision yesterday to a statement revealing that he regretted his work over the past years.
Not only did the famous British-Canadian specialist in cognitive psychology and computer science regret it, but also revealed the dangers of artificial intelligence that he touched during his long practical journey, which left the world of technology in a shock that affected even the stock market of giant companies.
The man confirmed that some of the dangers of chatbots for artificial intelligence that he developed with his own hand have become “very scary”, noting that today they are not smarter than humans, but they may soon become so, and they can be exploited by “bad parties”, according to his words with the BBC. .
He also added that these programs are now able to produce a lot of texts automatically, so that they can get a lot of very effective spam (i.e. hacking) programs.
It can also allow authoritarian leaders to manipulate their constituents, things like that, he said, stressing that he was also worried about the existential danger of what happens when these things get smarter than us.
He revealed that he had come to the conclusion that the type of intelligence we develop is very different from the intelligence that humans have, saying, “That is why it is as if you have 10,000 people and whenever someone learns something, everyone knows it automatically. And this is how bots can know This chat is much more than any one person.”
Why did he decide to leave Google?
He also explained that he also worried that people would soon not be able to discern what is true from the images, videos and AI-generated text flooding the internet, referring to recent updates about images such as Midjourney that have enabled users to produce photo-realistic images. One of them was of Pope Francis wearing Balenciaga’s puffy coat and went viral last March.
He also worries that AI will eventually replace jobs like paralegals, personal assistants, and other strenuous work, and perhaps more in the future.
Watch out, it’s dangerous!
It is noteworthy that Hinton was not the only high-ranking specialist who expressed his fear that technology could cause serious harm to humanity. Last month, Elon Musk said that he disagreed with Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, because the latter was not taking the safety of artificial intelligence seriously. Grandpa enough.
Valerie Pisano, CEO of the Quebec Institute for Artificial Intelligence (MILA), also felt that a reckless approach to safety in AI systems would not be tolerated anywhere else.
And the “spiritual father of artificial intelligence” announced his decision to leave work at Google yesterday, Tuesday, after years of successful partnership between them, saying, “I contributed to the development of technology that has become dangerous to the world … and for this reason I distanced myself from working in its giant.”
This announcement was a surprise in the world of technology, especially since Hinton’s work on neural networks was mainly in artificial intelligence systems that run many contemporary technical products.