Geoffrey Hinton is a cognitive psychologist and computer scientist. Hinton is also known as "the godfather of Artificial Intelligence". He is known for his work on the artificial neural network. Hinton was also working part-time with Google but in May 2023 he announced his departure from the company warning about the dangers of AI technology.
Dr. Hinton's groundbreaking research into neural networks and deep learning has paved the way for current artificial intelligence systems like ChatGPT. Neural networks in AI are designed to learn and process information in a similar way to the human brain, allowing AI to learn from experience, known as deep learning.
During an interview with the BBC, Dr. Hinton expressed concerns about the potential dangers posed by AI chatbots, which he found "quite scary." He also noted that, at present, they are not more intelligent than humans, but he believes they may soon surpass us in intelligence.
Dr. Hinton also discussed the possibility of "bad actors" misusing AI for harmful purposes in an article that appeared in the New York Times.
Geoffrey started his career by working in many Universities like University of Sussex, University of California, San Diego and Carnegie Mellon University. Hinton was the founding director of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, a computational Neuroscience Unit at University of London. In the year 2013 Geoffrey joined Google as a part-time work after his company DNNresearch Inc. was acquired. He was also a professor in the computer science department at the University of Toronto. Hinton was working for Google Brain, was a deep learning artificial intelligence research under Google AI.
Geoffrey investigated the ways of using neural networks for machine learning, memory, perception and symbol processing through his researches. He co-invented Boltzmann machines with David Ackley and Terry Sejnowski. Hinton co-authored the backpropagation algorithm paper to multi-layer neural networks with David E. Rumelhart and Ronald J. Williams when he was the professor at the Carnegie Mellon University. In the year 2017 He published 2 open access research papers which has the theme of capsule neural networks whereas Geoffrey co-founded the Vector Institute in Toronto and took over the position of chief scientific advisor.
Hinton has done many researches and also co-authored research papers for he received many awards. In 1998 Geoffrey was also an elected Fellow of the Royal Society While in the year 2001 he won Rumelhart Prize. In the year 2005 Hinton received IJCAI Award for Research Excellence lifetime-achievement award and in the year 2018 Geoffrey Hinton was honoured with Turing Award along with Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun for working on deep learning.
Geoffrey Everest Hinton was born on 6th December 1947 in Wimbledon, London. After completing his schooling Geoffrey went to King’s College in Cambridge and earned bachelor of arts in experimental psychology degree. Later he went to University of Edinburgh and completed his PhD in artificial intelligence.