AI Pioneer Says AI Will Become a Threat in 5 Years

Geoffrey Hinton is considered by many to be one of the top minds of AI thanks to his many contributions to the field during its earlier days. In spite of the fact that this is the case, this pioneer seems to think that the future of humanity is not too bright, at least if AI continues to grow at such a rapid pace. Indeed, Hinton went so far as to say that he has some serious concerns about AI with all things having been considered and taken into account.

In his own words, AI might soon become smarter than us, which will make it easier for it to trick us than might have been the case otherwise. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that AI has already reached an impressive level of advancement, since images made with Midjourney and text generated by ChatGPT is often perceived to be created by humans.

Hinton stated that the only thing left for AI to accomplish is to attain self awareness. In a recent interview, he even claimed that it is entirely possible for AI to take over the world. Such a scenario would be concerning because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up stripping agency away from all of humanity.

Many might say that Artificial General Intelligence is decades away, but Hinton argues that AI will become a real threat within the next five to twenty years. We have already seen chatbots that have a superior learning capacity to human beings. Human brains have over a hundred trillions neurons firing, but chatbots are able to learn faster with just one percent of the connections.

One thing that bears mentioning is that this tech pioneer recently left a cushy job at Google after spending a decade working with them. He claimed that he did it because he did not want to contribute to AI anymore than he already had, even expressing regret at the advancements he’s brought.

It remains to be seen whether AI will become a force for good or will end civilization as we know it. Currently, AI is just a tool, and its results depend largely on the moral compass on the user. If Hinton’s predictions are right, that might change sooner rather than later.

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