Geoffrey Hinton, an artificial intelligence pioneer whose work at the University of Toronto paved the way for today's AI systems, has left Google and joined critics who say the tech industry’s biggest companies are heedlessly racing to create products based on generative AI, the New York Times reports.
After OpenAI released a new version of ChatGPT in March, thousands of technology leaders and researchers signed an open letter calling for a six-month pause on the development of new systems that pose “profound risks to society and humanity.” Current and former leaders of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence have released their own letter warning of the risks of AI.
In an interview with the MIT Technology Review, Hinton said he now thinks there are two types of intelligence in the world: animal brains and neural networks. “It’s a completely different form of intelligence,” he says. “A new and better form of intelligence.”
Many Facebook insiders say founder Mark Zuckerberg has lost his vision—and the trust of his workforce—as the company is roiled by waves of layoffs that will slash some 21,000 workers and a costly investment in the virtual reality “metaverse” that shows no immediate signs of paying off. Many believe the Meta CEO is steering the company into an unprecedented morale crisis, the Washington Post reports.
A number of tech founders and billionaires—including Jeff Bezos, Peter Thiel, Bill Gates and Marc Benioff—are among those betting that the decades-long goal of building nuclear fusion reactors is now within years of being reality, the Wall Street Journal reports. They hope to harness the process that powers the sun and stars to deliver almost limitless energy. In December, a controlled fusion reaction at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory produced more energy than it consumed—a long-sought breakthrough.
A first-year student at Williams College and founder of Encode Justice could be the "Greta Thunberg of AI," Politico's Digital Future Daily reports. Sneha Revanur spearheaded a letter sent by a consortium of 10 youth organizations to congressional leaders and the White House calling on them to include more young people on AI oversight and advisory boards. The letter was prompted by concerns that older policymakers are ill-prepared to handle the rapidly developing technology.
“Sometimes I think it’s as if aliens had landed and people haven’t realized because they speak very good English.”
—AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton, on large language models like GPT-4