One of the world’s greatest computer scientists in a recent interview gave an explanation about the potential risks of artificial intelligence for humans.
Geoffrey Hinton, the computer scientist known as the âGodfather of AIâ, announced it is not unimaginable that artificial intelligence could eventually become a serious threat to humans.
Hinton this week gave an interview with the New York Post to give insight into his predictions for the advancement of AI. He compared the invention of this technology to the invention of electricity or the wheel.
Hinton, who works at Google and University of Toronto, said the development of artificial general intelligence (AGI) will happen faster than people think. Applications of AGI include speech recognition, answering questions, and translation.
Just recently, I thought it would take 20-50 years to reach artificial general intelligence, and now I think it will be 20 years or less. – Hinton
Hinton in response to the question of how likely AI is to wipe out humans said âI donât think itâs inherently likelyâ.
AGI refers to the potential ability of an intelligent agent to learn any cognitive task that a human can perform. This technology has not yet been fully developed and computer scientists are discovering its feasibility.
Hinton says that computers will eventually be able to come up with ideas to improve themselves. He stated, ‘This is an issue. We need to think carefully about how we control AGI.’ The computer scientist cautioned that many of the most serious negative consequences of artificial intelligence will not occur in the very near future.
‘I think it’s logical for people to be concerned right now about issues like the negative aspects of AI, even if those concerns don’t come to fruition for a few years. People should be thinking about these issues,’ Hinton said.
Hinton’s views on artificial intelligence come as we continue to see an alarming increase in the popularity of AI-based software. ChatGPT, a chatbot created by OpenAI, is currently one of the most popular chatbots in the world and has attracted millions of users despite being released only a short time ago.
‘We should be careful. I think people should be happy that we’re a little bit scared of AI technology,’ said Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI earlier this month.