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AI Pioneer Geoffrey Hinton Warns of Urgent Threat to Humanity Posed by Artificial Intelligence.
A growing number of tech leaders raising concerns about the potential risks of AI technology, particularly the most common thought if machines were to surpass human intelligence and gain control of the planet. Renowned AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton recently in an interview to Reuters expressed his belief that artificial intelligence could be more bigger and urgent threat to humanity than climate change.
Not one to brush aside the seriousness of climate change under the carpet. Hinton argues resources should be directed to figuring out preemptive descisions and actions to be taken about it. At the same time Hinton believes that there should not be any pause in the development of powerful AI systems. He believes that this is an “existential risk” that requires urgent action.
A group of European Union lawmakers responded to a letter supported by Elon Musk by urging US President Joe Biden to hold a global summit on the future direction of technology with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Recently, the committee approved a significant set of proposals focusing on generative AI, which would require companies like OpenAI to disclose any copyrighted material used to train their models. Meanwhile, President Biden held discussions with several AI company leaders, such as Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet, and Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, at the White House, pledging an open and constructive dialogue about the necessity for businesses to be more transparent regarding their systems.
AI has been developed to augment and enhance human intelligence by providing new ways of processing and analyzing data and assisting in decision-making processes. The field of AI ethics and responsible AI is also growing rapidly to ensure that AI technology is developed and used in a way that respects human values, rights, and well-being. It is important to be cautious of about the negative impacts of AI and instead focus on responsible development and deployment of the technology.