Geoffrey Hinton, frequently referred to as the “godfather of AI,” has left Google, expressing worries about the proliferation of false information, clips, and photographs online as well as the potential for AI to alter the employment market completely.
Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, who created a neural net in 2012 at the University of Toronto with the help of two of his students, left Google this week, according to the New York Times.
Hinton, 75, admitted that he left the profession in part out of sorrow and to talk openly about the perils of artificial intelligence. Ten years ago, Google hired him to assist in the creation of the business’ AI technology.
What Is Geoffrey Hinton’s Opinion?
According to him, up until last year, Google had been a “proper steward” of the tech. However, after Microsoft began integrating chatbots into its Bing search engine, and the firm started to worry about potential harm to its search business, his opinion of Google as a “proper steward” of the technology altered.
He warned that some of the risks associated with AI chatbots were “quite scary.” They might eventually surpass human intelligence and be used by “bad actors” to their advantage.
“I’ve concluded that the kind of intelligence we’re developing is very different from the intelligence we have.”
“So it’s as if you had 10,000 people, and whenever one person learned something, everybody automatically knew it. And that’s how these chatbots can know so much more than any one person.”
In the NYT today, Cade Metz implies that I left Google so that I could criticize Google. Actually, I left so that I could talk about the dangers of AI without considering how this impacts Google. Google has acted very responsibly.
— Geoffrey Hinton (@geoffreyhinton) May 1, 2023
People can no longer tell what is true as AI-generated images, videos, and text saturate the internet, confirming Hinton’s fear that this will happen within the next few years.
The ability to create image-realistic graphics has recently improved thanks to image generators like Midjourney. One such picture of Pope Frances wearing a Balenciaga puffer coat became famous in March.
Hinton was also afraid that, in the long run, AI might eliminate professions like paralegals, personal assistants, and other “drudge work,” as well as possibly more.
What Has Google’s Chief Scientist To Say On Geoffrey Hinton?
Based on a statement from Google’s chief scientist, Jeff Dean, Hinton’s contributions to the company over the preceding ten years are valued.
“I’ve sincerely enjoyed our many conversations over the years. I’ll miss him, and I wish him well!
“As one of the first companies to publish AI Principles, we remain committed to a responsible approach to AI. As a result, we’re continually learning to understand emerging risks while innovating boldly.”
About Geoffrey Hinton
Geoffrey Hinton, a computer scientist and the “Godfather of AI,” has left Google. The University of Cambridge awarded Hinton a BA in Experimental Psychology. Moreover, the University of Edinburgh awarded him a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. The 75-year-old entered Google in 2013 after the company bought his AI startup DNNresearch. He is also a lecturer at the University of Toronto. Current technologies like ChatGPT are a result of Hinton’s research.