Geoffrey Hinton, ‘Godfather of AI’ quits Google; warns about technology’s dangers

Hinton's decision comes as growing number of lawmakers, advocacy groups and tech insiders raised alarms about the potential threat from AI-powered chatbots

Geoffrey Hinton, 'Godfather of AI' quits Google; warns about technology's dangers
Geoffrey Hinton, 'Godfather of AI' quits Google; warns about technology's dangers

What the ‘Godfather of AI’, Geoffrey Hinton, said as he quit Google

Geoffrey Hinton, who has been called the ‘Godfather of AI, confirmed that he left his role at Google last week to speak out about the “dangers” of the technology he helped develop, according to a media report.

Hinton’s pioneering work on neural networks shaped artificial intelligence systems, powering many of today’s products. He worked part-time at Google for a decade on the tech giant’s AI development efforts, but he has since come to have concerns about the technology and his role in advancing it, CNN reported.

“I console myself with the normal excuse: If I hadn’t done it, somebody else would have,” Hinton told the New York Times, the first to report his decision.

In a tweet on Monday, Hinton said he left Google so he could speak freely about the risks of AI, rather than because of a desire to criticize Google specifically, CNN reported.

“I left so that I could talk about the dangers of AI without considering how this impacts Google,” Hinton said in a tweet, adding: “Google has acted very responsibly.”

Jeff Dean, the chief scientist at Google, said Hinton “has made foundational breakthroughs in AI” and expressed appreciation for Hinton’s “decade of contributions at Google”.

Hinton’s decision to step back from the company and speak out on the technology comes as a growing number of lawmakers, advocacy groups, and tech insiders have raised alarms about the potential for a new crop of AI-powered chatbots to spread misinformation and displace jobs, CNN reported.

The wave of attention around ChatGPT late last year helped renew an arms race among tech companies to develop and deploy similar AI tools in their products.

OpenAI, Microsoft, and Google are at the forefront of this trend, but IBM, Amazon, Baidu, and Tencent are working on similar technologies, CNN reported.

[With Inputs from IANS]

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  1. Man sows his own destructive tools to perish later.

    NO point in repenting after letting loose the monster genie from the bottle !!

    Reminded of Ashwatthama ability to use Brahmastra but cannot withdraw it !!


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