AI ‘godfather’ concerned about China

BIG BROTHER SCENARIO: Yoshua Bengio said he is scared the technology he helped to create is being used to control people when it should instead be highly regulated

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 03, 2019
By: Bloomberg

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Yoshua Bengio, a Canadian computer scientist who helped pioneer the techniques underpinning much of the current excitement around artificial intelligence (AI), said he is worried about China’s use of AI for surveillance and political control.

Bengio, who is also a cofounder of Montreal-based software company Element AI, said he was concerned about the technology he helped create being used to control people’s behavior and influence their minds.

“This is the 1984 Big Brother scenario,” he said in an interview. “I think it’s becoming more and more scary.”

Bengio, a professor at the University of Montreal, is considered one of the three “godfathers” of deep learning, along with Yann LeCun and Geoff Hinton.    [FULL  STORY]