A prominent pioneer of artificial intelligence has left the field. Geoffrey Hinton, known as the “godfather of AI,” told The New York Times that he resigned from his position as vice president and engineering fellow at Google in April in order to warn openly about the dangers associated with the technology. The researcher is concerned that Google is abandoning its previous restraints on public AI releases to compete with ChatGPT, Bing Chat, and similar models, thereby opening the door to numerous ethical issues.
Hinton is concerned that generative AI will soon cause a flood of misinformation. You may “no longer be able to know what is true,” he says. He is also concerned that it may not only eradicate “drudge work” but also supplant some professions entirely. In the future, scientist is concerned about the possibility of completely autonomous weapons as well as the propensity of AI models to acquire strange behavior from training data. Despite the fact that some of these concerns are notional, Hinton fears an escalation that cannot be halted in the absence of regulations or the development of effective controls.
Last year, Google, OpenAI, and others began developing artificial intelligence systems that, according to Hinton, are sometimes superior to human intelligence. The researcher predicts that the next five years will be “scary” for artificial intelligence due to its accelerated development over the past five.
Google’s chief scientist, Jeff Dean, stated in a statement to Engadget that the company is still committed to a “responsible approach” and vigilant for “emerging risks.” The search engine colossus published a beta version of its Bard chatbot in March, following months of rumors that the company is concerned about the competitive threat posed by generative artificial intelligence. Prior to that, it refused to disclose publicly AI models such as its art-oriented Imagen due to the possibility of harmful content and copyright violations.
Hinton has devoted his career to the study of neural networks, which are frequently fundamental to artificial intelligence, but he is best known for creating an object recognition system in 2012. His innovative neural network could use training images to identify common objects. In 2013, Google acquired Hinton’s DNN research venture, and the underlying concept of his invention contributed to the development surge that led to today’s generative technology.
Hinton is not isolated. A number of influential academics and tech leaders, including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, have recently signed an open letter calling for a six-month moratorium on AI development to address ethical and safety issues. However, as one of the most prominent figures in the industry, Hinton’s opinion conveys considerable weight.