‘Godfather Of AI’ Quits Google, Says Chatbots May Become ‘More Intelligent Than Us’

In an interview with the New York Times, the ‘Godfather Of AI’ Geoffrey Hinton announced his resignation from Google and spoke about the “dangers” of artificial intelligence. He said that chatbots may become ‘more intelligent than us’.

Geoffrey Hinton, who has often been called the “Godfather of AI”, on Monday (May 1) confirmed that he quit his role at Google last week and spoke about the “dangers” of artificial intelligence, the technology he helped develop. This comes after Hinton had been working part-time at the tech giant between its headquarters in Silicon Valley and Toronto, Canada. He said that “right now, they’re not more intelligent than us, as far as I can tell. But I think they soon may be”. 

In an interview with the New York Times, Hinton, who along with two of his graduate students at the University of Toronto created technology that became the intellectual foundation for AI systems, has now officially joined a growing number of critics warning about the risks of AI. He also admitted that a part of him now regrets his life’s work.

“I console myself with the normal excuse: If I hadn’t done it, somebody else would have,” Hinton told the New York Times. He also spoke about how he thought he had more time to talk about the potential threat of AI and said it is coming sooner than expected. “I thought it was 30 to 50 years or even longer away,” adding, “Obviously, I no longer think that.”

After the interview, he also took to Twitter to clarify that he left Google so he could speak freely about the risks of AI, as opposed to because he wanted to criticise the tech giant specifically.

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