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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, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 30 2023, @06:05PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 30 2023, @06:05PM (#1298943)

    So much drama in all these predictions.

    What is far, far more likely is mundane spam and auto-chat defecating on every electronic medium until they are useless. Happened many times already using more primitive tools. My guess is that the chat-bots win and the Internet - in its original intent of connecting people and sharing knowledge - disappears. We will live in an almost perfect corporate dystopia with automated disinformation and surveillance monitoring compliance. We will be farmed like pigs - eating, breathing Leadership propaganda - giving up our precious suffering so that somebody above us can be better than us, and ideally Be Best(tm).

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 31 2023, @09:56AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 31 2023, @09:56AM (#1299114)

    > My guess is that the chat-bots win and the Internet - in its original intent of connecting people and sharing knowledge - disappears.

    So you think email is going away? Looking from here that seems really unlikely.