Dr Hinton, often referred to as the “Godfather of AI”, did not sign any of the letters and said he did not want to publicly criticize Google or other companies until they Don’t quit your job. He informed the company last month that he was resigning, and on Thursday, he spoke by phone with Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google’s parent company Alphabet. He declined to discuss publicly the details of his conversation with Mr. Pichai.
Jeff Dean, Google’s chief scientist, said in a statement: “We are committed to a responsible approach to AI, learning to understand emerging risks and boldly innovating.”
Dr. Hinton, a 75-year-old British expatriate, is a lifelong academic whose career has been fueled by his personal beliefs about the development and use of AI. . The idea is called a neural network. Oh neural network A mathematical system that learns skills by analyzing data. At the time, few researchers believed in this idea. But it became his life’s work.
In the 1980s, Dr. Hinton was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, but left the university to move to Canada because he said he was reluctant to accept Pentagon funding. At the time, most AI research in the United States was funded by the Department of Defense. Dr Hinton is a staunch opponent of the use of artificial intelligence on the battlefield – what he calls “robot soldiers”.
In 2012, Dr. Hinton and two of his students in Toronto, Ilya Sotskior and Alex Krashovsky, built a neural network that could analyze thousands of images and teach itself to recognize common objects, such as flowers, dogs and cars. Is.
Google 44 million dollars spent To acquire a company started by Dr. Hinton and two of his students. And their system This led to the creation of increasingly powerful technologies, including new chatbots such as Chat GPT And Google Bard. Mr. Sutskever became Chief Scientist at OpenAI. In 2018, Dr. Hinton and two other longtime colleagues Received Touring Award.For his work on neural networks, often called the “Nobel Prize of computing”.