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AI Pioneer Admits There is a Small Chance AI Leads to Humanity's Extinction

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Hinton maintains the real issue on the horizon is how Artificial Intelligence technology that we already have could be monopolized by power-hungry governments and corporations

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Artificial intelligence is expanding at a terrifying rate, and our world is steadily becoming more saturated with digital systems capable of doing amazing things. While Elon Musk and others have called for AI development to pause, others want to continue pushing forward without concern. However, the want to pause may not be unfounded, as an AI pioneer says the AI threat to humanity isn't nonexistent. 

In a new interview with CBS News, Geoffrey Hinton, who has become known as the "godfather of artificial intelligence," spoke about the rise of AI and how it could eventually lead to the extinction of the human race. According to Hinton, the AI threat to humanity isn't massive – that is, an extinction-level event isn't expected. But "it's not inconceivable," Hinton told CBS.

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