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Hinton: “AI will outsmart us in 5 years”

28 June 2023; Geoffrey Hinton, Godfather of AI, University of Toronto, on Centre Stage during day two of Collision 2023 at Enercare Centre in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Collision via Sportsfile

Why Geoffrey Hinton is worried about the future of AI

Geoffrey Hinton, known to many as the “Godfather of AI,” recently made headlines around the world after leaving his job at Google to speak more freely about the risks posed by unchecked development of artificial intelligence, including popular tools like ChatGPT and Google’s PaLM. Why does he believe digital intelligence could hold an advantage over biological intelligence? How did he suddenly arrive at this conclusion after a lifetime of work in the field? Most importantly, what – if anything – can be done to safeguard the future of humanity? The University of Toronto University Professor Emeritus addresses these questions and more in The Godfather in Conversation.


Will digital intelligence replace biological intelligence?

The Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Cosmic Future Initiative at the Faculty of Arts & Science, present Geoffrey Hinton on October 27, 2023, at the University of Toronto.


Professor Geoffrey Hinton says he’s ‘very worried’ about AI taking jobs and has advised the British government to adopt a universal basic income to deal with the impact of AI on inequality.

Speaking with BBC Newsnight, Hinton expresses deep concern about AI displacing numerous mundane jobs, leading to increased inequality. He argues that while AI has the potential to boost productivity and generate wealth, the benefits will primarily accrue to the wealthy, leaving many workers behind. Hinton believes UBI could help mitigate this disparity by providing a fixed income to all citizens, ensuring that the gains from AI advancements are more evenly distributed across society. “I was consulted by people in Downing Street and I advised them that universal basic income was a good idea,” Hinton says, highlighting the importance of reforming the benefits system.



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