AI Expert Leaves Google and Sounds Alarm About Where We’re Heading

In an interview with The New York Times, Geoffrey Hinton says AI-generated photos, videos and text will make it hard for people to determine what’s real and what’s fake.

Story by Imad Khan, CNET

Geoffrey Hinton, a prominent computer scientist sometimes referred to as the “godfather of AI,” has quit Google and now says he regrets what AI could mean for misinformation and people’s livelihoods. Along with many other tech luminaries, Hinton is concerned about the implications of artificial intelligence, according to an interview with The New York Times published Monday.

Hinton said he fears that average people won’t be able to tell the difference between real and AI-generated photos, videos and text and that AI might also kill jobs, upending not just rote work or number crunching but also more advanced careers.

“The idea that this stuff could actually get smarter than people — a few people believed that,” Hinton said. “But most people thought it was way off. And I thought it was way off. I thought it was 30 to 50 years or even longer away. Obviously, I no longer think that.”

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