‘Godfather of AI’ warns of difficulty in stopping ‘bad actors’ from exploiting it

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by Andreas Wailzer, LifeSite News:

‘I don’t think they should scale this up more until they have understood whether they can control it,’ said Dr. Geoffrey Hinton.

The “Godfather” of Artificial Intelligence (AI) warned about the potential dangers of the technology after he retired from his position at Google. 

Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, a pioneer in the AI field, said in a New York Times interview that “It is hard to see how you can prevent the bad actors from using it [AI] for bad things.” 

 

 

“This is just a kind of worst-case scenario, kind of a nightmare scenario,” Hinton told the BBC 

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“You can imagine, for example, some bad actor like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin decided to give robots the ability to create their own sub-goals,” like “I need to get more power.” 

According to the New York Times, Hinton’s immediate concern is that AI-generated videos, images, and texts will make it so that average people will “not be able to know what is true anymore.” 

Hinton also expressed concern that AI could disrupt the labor market by making many jobs obsolete and eventually becoming more intelligent than humans. 

“Maybe what is going on in these systems is actually a lot better than what is going on in the brain,” the 75-year-old scientist said. 

“The idea that this stuff could actually get smarter than people — a few people believed that,” Hinton stated. “But most people thought it was way off. And I thought it was way off. I thought it was 30 to 50 years or even longer away. Obviously, I no longer think that.” 

“Right now, what we’re seeing is things like GPT-4 eclipses a person in the amount of general knowledge it has, and it eclipses them by a long way,” Hinton told the BBC. “In terms of reasoning, it’s not as good, but it does already do simple reasoning,”  

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the kind of intelligence we’re developing is very different from the intelligence we have,” Hinton said, according to the BBC. 

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