Renowned figure in field of AI cautions of ‘battle robots’

(MENAFN) Geoffrey Hinton, a renowned figure in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and recipient of the prestigious Turing Award, has sounded a stark warning about the unchecked proliferation of AI-powered weapons. Often referred to as the "Godfather of AI," Hinton has raised concerns over the potential catastrophic consequences if the use of AI in weaponry remains unregulated.

Drawing parallels to the historical regulation of chemical weapons through agreements like the Geneva Conventions, Hinton cautioned that without proper oversight, the world may face significant disasters stemming from the militarization of AI. In an interview with Irish broadcaster RTE News, Hinton highlighted the existential threat posed by advanced AI technologies, envisioning a scenario where these intelligent systems surpass human capabilities and seize control.

Of particular concern to Hinton are the implications of AI on warfare, including the development of autonomous "battle robots." He warned that such technologies could exacerbate global inequalities by enabling affluent nations to wage war more easily on smaller, economically disadvantaged countries. According to Hinton, the inevitability of these advancements underscores the urgent need for international regulation and oversight.

In urging governments to exert pressure on technology giants, especially those based in California, Hinton emphasized the importance of prioritizing safety in AI research and development. He called for proactive measures, including government incentives, to ensure that companies invest significant resources into mitigating the potential risks associated with AI technologies.

Despite his warnings about the dangers posed by AI in warfare, Hinton also acknowledged the significant benefits that AI can offer to humanity, particularly in fields like healthcare. He expressed no regrets about his contributions to AI technology but stressed the importance of responsible innovation and ethical considerations in its deployment.

As debates surrounding the ethical implications of AI continue to intensify, Hinton's insights underscore the pressing need for a concerted global effort to establish regulatory frameworks that balance innovation with safeguards against unintended consequences.



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