“It’s a better learning algorithm than what the brain has got.” —Geoffrey Hinton
He’s bullish on both the upsides and downsides, to say the least.
“Biological intelligence has evolved to use very little power, so we only use 30 watts. And we have huge numbers of connections, like 100 trillion connections between neurons. And learning consists of changing the strength of those connections.
The digital intelligence we have been creating uses a lot of power, like a megawatt when you’re training it. It has far fewer connections, only a trillion, but it can learn much, much more than any one person knows, which suggests that it’s a better learning algorithm than what the brain has got.”https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/godfather-of-ai-discusses-dangers-the-developing-technologies-pose-to-society
I am thrilled to learn of this confirmation that I have been seeing what I thought I had been seeing.
The trendsetters and dogma purveyors on social media are quickly proving themselves to be the unreliable narrators of this tale. I contend that we consider that it is not the ability to create fake news that is the danger we face, but the unrestricted ability to disseminate it. Evidence in my favor: Twitter.com.
We are going to have to confront our wreckage of a fourth estate and find out for ourselves just what Thomas Jefferson might have meant when he said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
We have a lot of work to do to unite humanity and align a super-intelligence, or, more likely, multiple super-intelligences. I suggest we lead by our good example.