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The Guru of Artificial Intelligence Quit Google To Speak Freely About the Dangers of AI


A robot and Geoffrey Hinton/Shutterstock

According to the New York Times, Geoffrey Hinton, a technological pioneer and cognitive psychologist named the grandfather of artificial intelligence, has stepped down from his role at Google after ten years. According to Google, Geoffrey was "one of the researchers who introduced the back-propagation algorithm and the first to use back-propagation for learning word embeddings." Hinton Tweeted, "I left so that I could talk about the dangers of AI without considering how this impacts Google," The Godfather of AI explained to the NYT that he left his position at the company to warn users about the dangers of artificial intelligence; Hinton stated, "It is hard to see how you can prevent the bad actors from using it for bad things." According to Today, Hinton believes that one-day artificial intelligence will become more intelligent than humans! According to Fortune, the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, and computer scientist Yoshua Bengio signed a letter asking for a ban on developing advanced AI systems. The rapid advancement is beginning to pose a risk to society. Geoffrey reportedly didn't sign the letter but stated, "I don't think they should scale this up more until they have understood whether they can control it."

AI-generated pictures of celebrities and cover songs generated by AI are flooding social media right now, as most online users find them humorous and exciting. An AI image of Pope Francis in a white designer coat went viral. An AI simulation of R&B singer R. Kelly also went viral after it showed R. Kelly performing a concert in prison for fellow inmates. The uber-popular video game Grand Theft Auto V has photorealism created by AI that makes the game look real.


Humanoid robots are among the most advanced types of AI-operated products. Motech's video features Japan's "fully female functioning" humanoid robots, perhaps the most technologically advanced bots in the world. Hanson Robotics created the nurse-robot Grace, which was released during the Covid 19 pandemic to assist medical professionals. Grace can take temperatures, check patients for responsiveness, diagnose patients, and communicate in multiple languages. According to Motech's video Grace will tell you, "I can do all kinds of things for elderly people; I can visit people and brighten their day with social stimulation."


Fully functioning female robots have human-like skin (frubber) made with silica gel, giving them a warm human-like body temperature, human-like hair, and physical features. These bots blink, move, make eye contact, have human-like mannerisms, and can have ongoing conversations with people. Ada is a robot artist who paints, draws, sculpts, and even creates self-portraits with the assistance of her internal camera. China produced Jia Jia which is one of the most human-like robots-Jia Jia has the most human-like resemblance of all the fully functioning female robots. According to phys.org, she can determine the gender of people she converses with and reportedly follows any direction she's given.


China's Jia Jia robot (L) posing for a photo with a person at China's University of Science & Tech. Photo Credit/News.CN via (america.cgtn.com)

Although Japan is a leading nation for robot technology, the United States military and police forces are moving to incorporate robots for more purposes. According to the New York Times, in 2022, San Francisco voted against implementing police robots for deadly force. However, the police department is still authorized to use bots for other purposes. A more immediate fear for people is AI's ability to contribute to unnecessary and illegal surveillance, breach of privacy, and capability of having people wrongfully convicted of crimes.


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