The 'Godfather of AI' warns of AI dangers

PLUS: New AI study makes mind reading possible

In today's rundown:

  • The Godfather of AI quits Google

  • AI makes mind-reading possible

  • IBM plans to replace 7800 jobs with AI

Read time: 3 minutes

Geoffrey Hinton, often referred to as the "Godfather of AI, just quit Google to warn the world of the dangers ahead.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Hinton expressed regret for his decade-long work and shared his concerns about misinformation. He also warned about the long-term threats to humanity once AI starts writing and running its own code.

The idea that this stuff could actually get smarter than people a few people believed that... 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.

-Geoffrey Hinton

Hinton is now dedicating the remainder of his life to ensuring the technology he helped create does not endanger civilization. He also clarified in a tweet that his decision was not due to Google's irresponsibility but to emphasize the need for discussions about AI's dangers.

This new study will literally- *blow your mind*. Researchers at the University of Texas have developed a GPT-based decoder that can translate thoughts into text using non-invasive fMRI scans.

Participants trained the decoder by listening to podcasts for 16 hours in an fMRI scanner. The AI system then generated text as participants listened to or imagined a new story, capturing general thoughts or ideas.

The results: 50% of the time, the generated text matched the intended meaning of the original words. The image below shows that the exact words were not always the same, but the overall meaning was captured.

This could potentially be used with other brain-imaging systems in the future, but ethical implications should definitely be considered carefully before scanning your thoughts with AI.

Following Dropbox's move to lay off 500 employees and replace them with AI, IBM now plans to replace 7,800 jobs with AI technology and pause hiring for roles that could be automated.

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna stated that most back-office positions, such as HR and accounting, will be replaced. He noted, I could easily see 30% of that getting replaced by AI and automation over a five-year period.

AI is having an insane impact on the job market already. What are you doing to position yourself for the future?

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