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Geoffrey Hinton, the “Godfather of AI,” issues a cautionary statement following his departure from Google

Famous computer scientist Geoffrey Hinton has joined a large number of other business authorities in issuing a warning against the rapid growth of artificial intelligence that may endanger jobs and privacy.

A pioneer in artificial intelligence who has been dubbed the “godfather of AI” has issued a caution regarding the technology he helped develop.

Geoffrey Hinton is the most recent expert to add his voice to a growing group of professionals who are voicing their worries about the quick development of artificial intelligence.

Mr. Hinton went so far as to resign from his position at Google in order to publicly express his concerns about technology and the potential danger it poses to humans.

In an interview with The New York Times, he stated that “some people believed that this stuff could actually get smarter than people.”

But most people believed it to be greatly off. And I believed it to be wildly off. I assumed that would be more than 50 years away. Evidently, I no longer hold that opinion.

Mr. Hinton and other subject-matter experts are concerned about the potential drawbacks of the technology, which include the potential for AI systems to make mistakes, issue biased suggestions, harm privacy, provide bad actors new tools, and affect jobs.

The Turing Award, the tech sector’s Nobel Prize, was given to Mr. Hinton, Yoshua Bengio, and Yann LeCun in 2019 for their contributions to AI.

They expressed openly their worries at the moment, but they were upbeat about the technology’s potential for detecting earthquakes, floods, and health issues.

More than 1,000 tech titans, including Elon Musk, signed a statement at the end of April calling for a pause to AI development.