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The godfather of AI: why I left Google

Geoffrey Hinton outside Google HQ (AP Photo/Noah Berger/Alamy)

Ten minutes before I meet Geoffrey Hinton, the ‘godfather of AI’, the New York Times announces he’s leaving Google. After decades working on artificial intelligence, Hinton now believes it could wipe out humanity. ‘It is like aliens have landed on our planet and we haven’t quite realised it yet because they speak very good English,’ he says.

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