‘Godfather’ of AI says we are in a pivotal moment to carefully consider the consequences

Revelations 13:14 “…by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth…”

Important Takeaways:

  • Geoffrey Hinton, a British computer scientist, is best known as the “godfather of artificial intelligence.” His seminal work on neural networks broke the mold by mimicking the processes of human cognition, and went on to form the foundation of machine learning models today.
  • Hinton shared his thoughts on the current state of AI, which he fashions to be in a “pivotal moment,”
  • “Until quite recently, I thought it was going to be like 20 to 50 years before we have general purpose AI,” Hinton said. “And now I think it may be 20 years or less.”
  • Hinton says we should be carefully considering its consequences now — which may include the minor issue of it trying to wipe out humanity.
  • “It’s not inconceivable, that’s all I’ll say,” Hinton told CBS.
  • Hinton maintains that the real issue on the horizon is how AI technology that we already have…could be monopolized by power-hungry governments and corporations
  • But Hinton predicts that “we’re going to move towards systems that can understand different world views” — which is spooky, because it inevitably means whoever is wielding the AI could use it push a worldview of their own.
  • “You don’t want some big for-profit company deciding what’s true,” Hinton warned.

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