Geoffrey Hinton, ‘Godfather’ of Deep Learning, on the Bounty of AI

Martin Ford interviews Geoffrey Hinton on a number of fronts, including weaponized AI, the shortage of machine learning talent, and the way AI is concentrating wealth:

If you can dramatically increase productivity and make more goodies to go around, that should be a good thing. Whether or not it turns out to be a good thing depends entirely on the social system, and doesn’t depend at all on the technology. People are looking at the technology as if the technological advances are a problem. The problem is in the social systems, and whether we’re going to have a social system that shares fairly, or one that focuses all the improvement on the 1% and treats the rest of the people like dirt. That’s nothing to do with technology.

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