Geoffrey Hinton and two other, were crowned with the title of “Godfathers of AI“. Their contribution to field is one of the reasons for the sudden boom in the popularity of AI. Hinton has recently quit his job at google, to talk freely about the risks AI. The very thing he helped create.
The work of Geoffrey Hinton
Hinton had been working for Google for more than a decade now. Google acquired Hilton’s company. Later, He started to work with Google along with his two students. They later helped with creation of OpenAI. This in turn, led to the creation of popular Artificial Intelligence programs like ChatGPT. Hinton and his students created a neural network. This neural network was trained to identify common objects like dogs, flowers etc.
Where things went wrong with AI?
According to Hilton, Google used the technology responsibly. Hilton remarks that things started to go downhill when Microsoft coupled it with Bing, Their search engine. This led to the exposure of the neural network to huge amounts of data. In turn, the technology started to learn and act upon data at speeds and accuracy unimaginable.
The fear of Advancement of AI
The main concerns on Hiltons part consist of misinformation and in-dependency of AI. It can create life like images. This in turn, could lead to collapse of trust. The amount of fake objects and misinformation can spread. Moreover, it gets harder to separate from real objects to fake ones as AI gets more efficient.
The open source nature of this tech is also concerns Hilton. Everyone can use this technology however they please. Whether, its chemical weapons or automated blackmail.
“It is hard to see how you can prevent the bad actors from using it for bad things.” quotes Hilton.
He also adds that the AI could get “smarter than some people”. He terrifyingly accepts that he underestimated the the time AI needs to become ‘intelligent’.
“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.”George Hilton during NYC interview