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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: 5, Insightful) by EJ on Thursday March 30 2023, @08:50AM (1 child)

    by EJ (2452) on Thursday March 30 2023, @08:50AM (#1298833)

    I'm less worried about AI deciding it should eliminate humanity than I am about some HUMAN deciding to convince/program/hijack AI to eliminate humanity.

    Viruses and bacteria don't have some conscious desire to kill people, but PEOPLE aren't afraid to use them as weapons.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 31 2023, @01:40PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 31 2023, @01:40PM (#1299147)

    I'm more worried a US president might follow the advice of a random AI on the internet on whether he should nuke Russia/China/a hurricane.

    That said maybe even an AI might make WW3 even less likely than a human US president following his own thoughts? I mean it's not like the track record is that good...

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/pazzx8/nobody-can-stop-trump-from-launching-nukes-and-its-freaking-senators-out [vice.com]