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AI Pioneer Geoffrey Hinton Warns of Machines Surpassing Human Control

Geoffrey Hinton, often dubbed the "Godfather of AI," cautioned about the potential for AI-driven machines to surpass human control during a recent interview on CBS' "60 Minutes."


Hinton, 75, highlighted the speed at which AI technology is advancing, suggesting it could surpass human intelligence within half a decade. This rapid evolution could result in AI systems being uncontrollable if they start self-modifying through their own coding.


Acknowledged for his pioneering contributions to AI and deep learning with the 2018 Turing Award, Hinton recently resigned from his role as a vice president and engineering fellow at Google. This move was to openly discuss the risks associated with AI without corporate restrictions.


He remarked that the underlying mechanics of today's AI systems remain enigmatic even to their creators. Echoing this sentiment, Google CEO Sundar Pichai alluded to the AI "black box" dilemma earlier this year.


Explaining further, Hinton said AI algorithms extract insights from vast data sources like the internet, forming intricate neural networks. "These networks excel in performing tasks, but the exact methodology remains elusive," he noted.


Contrary to Hinton's apprehension, other AI stalwarts, like Yann LeCun, another Turing Award recipient, believe humans can always counter any technological threat.


Hinton underscored the positive impacts of AI, especially in sectors like healthcare. However, he also pointed out the rise of AI-fueled disinformation online. He championed increased research into AI's workings, establishment of governmental checks, and global restrictions on AI-infused military machines.


At a recent discussion in Capitol Hill, influential figures like Pichai, Elon Musk, OpenAI’s Sam Altman, and Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, weighed in on the balance between innovation and regulation.


Hinton emphasized the urgency of establishing robust AI regulations. He believes humanity stands at a crossroads, urging tech and political leaders to tread carefully. "The future is awash with uncertainty," Hinton concluded.

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