The "godfather of AI" says he's worried about "the end of people"

By Sheena Goodyear

There was a time when Geoffrey Hinton thought artificial intelligence would never surpass human intelligence — at least not within our lifetimes.

Nowadays, he's not so sure. 

"I think that it's conceivable that this kind of advanced intelligence could just take over from us," the renowned British-Canadian computer scientist told As It Happens host Nil Köksal. "It would mean the end of people."

Hinton is known as the godfather of artificial intelligence (AI), a moniker he embraces. He and his colleagues helped develop artificial neural networks, the technology at the core of machine learning. His foundational work helped propel AI's rapid advancement.

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