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'The godfather of AI' leaves Google and warns of danger ahead

By Cade Metz

02 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Geoffrey Hinton, a leading AI expert, has quit his job at Google to warn of the dangers of AI. The NYT reports on his fears that the tech industry is releasing something dangerous into the wild.

TORONTO — Geoffrey Hinton was an artificial intelligence pioneer. In 2012, Hinton and two of his graduate students at the University of Toronto created technology that became the intellectual foundation for the AI systems that the tech industry’s biggest companies believe is a key to their future.

On Monday, however, he officially joined a growing chorus of critics who say those companies are racing toward danger with their aggressive campaign to create products based on generative AI, the technology that powers popular chatbots like ChatGPT.

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