A pioneer of artificial intelligence, known as the “godfather” of AI, has warned about the technology that he helped to create.
Geoffrey Hinton has joined a growing number of experts in expressing their concern about the rapid progress of Artificial Intelligence.
Mr Hinton even left his job as Google in order to openly express his concerns about the technology, and the dangers it poses to the human race.
In an interview with The New York Times, he stated that “a few people thought that these things could get smarter than humans”.
“But the majority of people thought that it was way off. “I thought it was a long way off.” I thought that it would be 30 to 50 or even more years away. “I no longer believe that.”
Hinton, along with other experts, are concerned about the possible limitations of AI technology. These include the possibility that AI systems could make mistakes, provide biased recommendations and threaten privacy.
Experts in the UK say that AI systems are so powerful they ‘cannot be controlled’.
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In 2019, Mr Hinton won the Turing Award, the tech industry’s Nobel Prize equivalent, alongside scientists Yoshua LeCun and Yann Bengio, for their advances in AI.
They were upfront about their concerns at the time, but they remained hopeful about the technology’s potential to detect earthquakes or floods as well as health risks.
Elon Musk was among the tech giants who signed a letter at the end of April calling for an immediate halt to AI research.