Super U Podcast | Artificial Intelligence: The Existential Threat

On today’s episode, we hear from Geoffrey Hinton, better known as the “Godfather of A.I.” Hinton made headlines in May of this year when he unexpectedly quit his job at Google after 10 years at the company. According to Hinton, he quit so as to have the freedom to speak publicly about his concerns with Artificial Intelligence. Hinton has been interviewed by The New York Times, CNN, CBS, PBS, and the CBC (just to name a few) discussing the possible dangers A.I. presents to the world. In this episode, Erik discusses the future of Artificial Intelligence, Hinton breaks down how A.I. works, how far the technology has come, the difference between biological intelligence and machine intelligence and whether an A.I. takeover is possible.

5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling.

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Super U Podcast | Artificial Intelligence: The Existential Threat

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“It’s difficult to explain, but I’ll do my best. It’s true, in a sense, our autocomplete but if you think about it, if you want to do really good autocomplete, you need to understand what somebody is saying. And they understand what you’re saying. And they’ve learned to understand what you’re saying just by trying to do autocomplete. But they now do seem to really understand. So the way they understand isn’t a tool like people in our eye 50 years ago thought it would be an old-fashioned AI people thought you would have internal symbolic expressions a bit like sentences in your head, but in some kind of cleaned-up language. And you would apply rules to infer new sentences from old sentences. And that’s how it will work. And it’s nothing like that. It’s completely different. And let me give you a sense of just how different it is, I can give you a problem that doesn’t make any sense in logic, the way you know the answer intuitively. And these big models are really models of human intuition.

Suppose they tell you that, you know that there are male cats and female cats and male dogs and female dogs. But suppose I tell you, you have to make a choice. Either you’re going to have all cats being male, and all dogs being female, or you can have all cats being female, and all dogs being male. Now, you know, it’s biological nonsense. But you also know, it’s much more natural to make all cats female and all dogs male. That’s not a question of logic. But that’s about what’s inside your head, you have a big pattern of neural activity that represents a cat. And you also have a big pattern of neural activity that represents man, and a big pattern of neural activity that represents woman. And the big pattern for cats is more like the pattern for women than it is like the pattern for men. That’s the result of a lot of learning about men and women and cats and dogs. But it’s now just intuitively obvious to you that cats are more like women and dogs are more like men, because of these big patterns of neural activity you’ve learned. And it doesn’t involve sequential reasoning or anything. You didn’t have to do reasoning to solve that problem. It’s just obvious. That’s how these things are working. They’re learning these big patent activities to represent things. And that makes all sorts of things just obvious to them.”

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