'AI Godfather' resigns from Google, warns of chatbot dangers


Published: 2023-05-03 11:01

Last Updated: 2024-05-27 15:46

Credit: The New York Times
Credit: The New York Times

Geoffrey Hinton dubbed the ‘Godfather of AI,’ announced that he quit his job at Google to speak up about the “dangers” of the AI chatbot, as reported by CNN.

He shared the news on Twitter writing: "In the NYT today, Cade Metz implies that I left Google so that I could criticize Google. Actually, I left so that I could talk about the dangers of AI without considering how this impacts Google. Google has acted very responsibly."

Hinton’s work is believed to have shaped the base of AI systems as we know them today. He spent approximately ten years developing the technology for the tech giant, during which he developed a list of concerns about AI and his contribution to the field.

He told the New York Times (NYT) that he tries to make himself feel better about his role in developing the technology telling himself: "If I hadn’t done it, somebody else would have.”

Hinton told the Times that AI will eliminate jobs and many people will “not be able to know what is true anymore.”

One of Hinton's concerns was that a few people used to believe "that this stuff could actually get smarter than people," which he said he used to think was 'way off' and still needs 30 to 50 years to reach that level. In recent interviews, he confessed that he no longer thinks that is true.

-Google Chief Scientist weighs in-

The Chief Scientist at Google Jeff Dean praised Hinton's contribution and said he “made foundational breakthroughs in AI.”

He explained Google's stance to CNN saying: “We remain committed to a responsible approach to AI,” noting that they are aware of and learning about the technology risks which are uncovering with time.

-Sounding the alarm on potential AI dangers-

Notably, Hinton is one of many decision-makers, advocates and technology experts that voiced their worries and concerns regarding the possible dangers of AI chatbots.

In March, a number of big players in the field of technology went as far as signing a letter calling for AI labs to stop the training of the most powerful AI systems for at least six months, citing “profound risks to society and humanity.”