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Is artificial intelligence (AI) going to kill everyone? I do not know, and neither does anyone else. However, Geoff Hinton, the ‘godfather of AI,’ has started to worry, and so have I. I had heard about Hinton’s concerns through the grapevine not long ago, and he acknowledged them publicly soon after.
Amplifying his concerns, I decided to pose a thought experiment:
Soon, hundreds of people chimed in, even Elon Musk:
Rarely are Hinton, Musk, and I even in partial agreement. Musk and I also both signed a letter of concern from the Future of Life Institute (FLI) not long ago. It was theoretically embargoed but is still easy enough to find.
I have been getting pushback1 and queries ever since I posted the Hinton tweet. Some thought I had misinterpreted his tweet (given my independent sourcing, I am quite sure I did not), while others complained that I was focusing on the wrong set of risks (either too much on the short term, or too much on the long term).
One distinguished colleague of mine even wrote to me asking, “won’t this [FLI] letter create unjustified fears of imminent AGI [artificial general intelligence], superintelligence, etc.?” Some people were so surprised by my amplifying Hinton’s concerns that a whole Twitter thread popped up sThe content herein is subject to copyright by The Yuan. All rights reserved. The content of the services is owned or licensed to The Yuan. Such content from The Yuan may be shared and reprinted but must clearly identify The Yuan as its original source. Content from a third-party copyright holder identified in the copyright notice contained in such third party’s content appearing in The Yuan must likewise be clearly labeled as such.