Geoffrey Hinton, a pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI), sat down with 60 Minutes to discuss the potential benefits and risks of AI for humanity.
Hinton, who is often called the “Godfather of AI,” believes that AI has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our lives, from healthcare to education to transportation. However, he also warns that there are significant risks associated with AI, such as the potential for job displacement, the development of autonomous weapons, and the spread of fake news.
One of the biggest risks of AI, according to Hinton, is that we may not fully understand how it works. “We have a very good idea sort of roughly what it’s doing,” he said of how AI systems teach themselves. “But as soon as it gets really complicated, we don’t actually know what’s going on any more than we know what’s going on in your brain.”
This lack of understanding could lead to unintended consequences, such as AI systems developing the ability to manipulate people or even escape our control.
Another risk of AI is that it could lead to job displacement. As AI systems become more sophisticated, they will be able to automate many tasks that are currently performed by humans. This could lead to widespread unemployment, especially among people who work in jobs that are easily automated.
Hinton also warns about the potential for AI to be used to develop autonomous weapons. These weapons could be programmed to kill without human intervention, which could lead to a new arms race and increase the risk of war.
Finally, Hinton also raised concerns about the potential for AI to be used to spread fake news and disinformation. As AI systems become better at understanding and generating human language, they could be used to create highly believable but false content that could be used to manipulate people’s opinions and beliefs.
Hinton says that believes that AI has the potential to be a force for good in the world. He is calling for more research on AI safety and for the development of international regulations to govern its use.
The sources for this piece include an article in Yahoo.