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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: 2) by EJ on Thursday March 30 2023, @06:27AM (1 child)

    by EJ (2452) on Thursday March 30 2023, @06:27AM (#1298810)

    I don't mean that particular school was random. I mean it's looking like the decision to attack the school was semi-random from a list of other possible targets. (S)he didn't appear to have any specific reason for any of the targets she chose at the school.

    It looks like they wanted to lash out and just chose the school as the way to do it.

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  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Thursday March 30 2023, @02:37PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Thursday March 30 2023, @02:37PM (#1298893)

    I would guess that an elementary school would be the target you'd choose for the biggest headlines in the news. Other than maybe a maternity ward?

    Or maybe it was semi-subconscious since we've been hearing about a school shooting every week or two for like the last 5 years.

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