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Meredith Whittaker, the President of the Signal Foundation and a former AI researcher at Google, has criticised recent warnings from AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton. Hinton recently resigned from Google and warned that AI could soon surpass human intelligence and pose a threat to humanity.
Whittaker argues that Hinton’s warnings are alarmist and distract from more pressing threats posed by AI. As someone who was pushed out of Google in 2019 for organising employees against the company’s military drone work, she believes that workers can stand up against technology’s harms from within. Whittaker also notes that AI’s harms are felt most acutely by historically marginalised groups, particularly women and people of colour.
Whittaker’s critique of Hinton’s warnings highlights the complex relationship between humans and AI. While some warn of the dangers of advanced AI, others argue that these warnings are exaggerated and that the benefits of AI far outweigh the risks. Whittaker’s perspective, however, emphasises the importance of understanding the ways in which AI can harm historically marginalised groups.
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