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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: 3, Interesting) by bzipitidoo on Friday March 31 2023, @03:00AM (1 child)

    by bzipitidoo (4388) on Friday March 31 2023, @03:00AM (#1299070) Journal

    > humans ... can't curb their urge to reproduce out of control at the expensive of everything else around them

    Ahh, the Malthusian fear.

    On this point, I find it reassuring that this is a very, very old problem that life had to solve billions of years ago. Many species are restrained by predation. What restrains the top predators, and any others not restrained by predation? Basically, their females. Females will not reproduce if conditions don't look or feel good. A hungry and close to starving female won't ovulate. Those that are pregnant when conditions take a sudden dive may miscarry or abort. Why? It can be argued that any species which ignores signs of impending exhaustion and collapse of their food sources is not pursuing a fit evolutionary strategy. A species that bangs out offspring in the face of that, causing the collapse, will then enter a period in which most of them starve. It could get so bad that they all starve. Or, if not quote all, the few that remain are no longer enough to restore the species in the face of all the competition for whatever niches they had occupied. Even before there were any animals and plants, or genders, when the only life was microbial, even then, life had to deal with this problem. The instincts to practice self-restraint are deep in all life.

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  • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Friday March 31 2023, @03:51PM

    by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 31 2023, @03:51PM (#1299173) Homepage Journal

    Humans have the unique ability to move into new ecological environments without changing their reproductive behaviour.