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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: 1) by khallow on Thursday March 30 2023, @05:28PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 30 2023, @05:28PM (#1298928) Journal

    Does anybody remember that fun guy back on the Green Site who would call "space nutters" anybody who talked about manned spaceflight to other planets? "Mankind will never live on another planet. There's too much work involved. Shut up about even the idea in the far future; it's a waste of time."

    That was Quantum Apostrophe. I see a "space nutter" post here in search so he might have been by once. He also really hated 3D printing.

    Of course the AI isn't going to materialize its own killbot factories out of thin air from the server room. Not that we need something that banal to make our lives miserable anyway...like you said, IoT things (and we already know their security is atrocious), self-driving vehicles, etc. If we hit the Singularity this will all be very easy to exploit if the AI is so inclined.

    OTOH, I don't spend my time trying to spin fantasy scenarios to try to stop technological progress.