Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a topic of intense debate, with conflicting opinions about its potential impact on humanity. Geoffrey Hinton, known as the “godfather” of AI, stands by his warnings that AI could lead to the eradication of humankind, […]
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a topic of intense debate, with conflicting opinions about its potential impact on humanity. Geoffrey Hinton, known as the “godfather” of AI, stands by his warnings that AI could lead to the eradication of humankind, despite claims that tech giants are stoking fear to suppress competition. Hinton claims to have left Google this year in order to openly discuss the existential threat posed by AI.
On a social media platform, he wrote, “The fact that I left Google to speak freely about this existential threat contradicts the conspiracy theory.” Hinton was responding to a statement made by Andrew Ng, a professor at Stanford University and co-founder of Google Brain, who referred to the idea of human eradication as “silly” and claimed that companies were using it to regulate the AI industry.
“There are definitely big tech companies that do not want to compete with open-source artificial intelligence, so they create fear of human extinction,” Professor Ng said in an interview with The Australian Financial Review.
After the article was published, Professor Ng clarified his stance through a spokesperson, stating that while some fears of AI eradication are exaggerated, he would not hesitate to call any company a “liar.”
Yann LeCun, Chief Scientist for AI at Meta, supported Professor Ng’s claims that fears of eradication are being used to suppress competition in the field of AI.
Is there actually a threat of AI that could lead to the eradication of humanity? Is regulation necessary? These questions do not have simple answers, but it is clear that there is a diversity of opinions among experts.