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posted by hubie on Thursday March 30 2023, @01:32AM   Printer-friendly
from the EXTERMINATE dept.

Geoffrey Hinton, a computer scientist who has been called "the godfather of artificial intelligence", says it is "not inconceivable" that AI may develop to the point where it poses a threat to humanity:

The computer scientist sat down with CBS News this week about his predictions for the advancement of AI. He compared the invention of AI to electricity or the wheel.

Hinton, who works at Google and the University of Toronto, said that the development of general purpose AI is progressing sooner than people may imagine. General purpose AI is artificial intelligence with several intended and unintended purposes, including speech recognition, answering questions and translation.

"Until quite recently, I thought it was going to be like 20 to 50 years before we have general purpose AI. And now I think it may be 20 years or less," Hinton predicted. Asked specifically the chances of AI "wiping out humanity," Hinton said, "I think it's not inconceivable. That's all I'll say."

[...] Hinton said it was plausible for computers to eventually gain the ability to create ideas to improve themselves.

Also at CBS News. Originally spotted on The Eponymous Pickle.

Previously: OpenAI's New ChatGPT Bot: 10 "Dangerous" Things it's Capable of

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  • (Score: 4, Touché) by khallow on Thursday March 30 2023, @04:30AM (2 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 30 2023, @04:30AM (#1298790) Journal

    Because if human beings have demonstrated anything throughout their entire history, it's that they can't curb their urge to reproduce out of control at the expensive of everything else around them, and they also regularly try to annihilate one another.

    The obvious rebuttal is the entire developed world. Without immigration from high fertility parts of the world, there would be no population growth in the developed world!

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  • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Friday March 31 2023, @03:48PM (1 child)

    by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 31 2023, @03:48PM (#1299172) Homepage Journal

    There are countries where massive population decline is now a problem. Japan is a notable example.

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Friday March 31 2023, @05:29PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 31 2023, @05:29PM (#1299205) Journal

      There are countries where massive population decline is now a problem.

      In the US between July 2020 and July 2021 a third [] of states lost population.

      I wouldn't be surprised to see this get worse especially if immigration is nerfed.