Godfather of AI Geoffrey Hinton discusses pitfalls and promise of AI

8 min video from PBS Newshour

two take ways

  1. AI is easily more dangerous than nuclear proliferation – that’s why Dr. Hinton never worked on DoD projects.

  2. AI has tremendous promise for medicine. If you had a hard to diagnose disease, would you want to see a doctor that had examined thousands of patients or several hundred million patients?

One thing I know for sure. I don’t want an insurance company or private equity between me and my AI doctor.



It gives a very twisted new definition for pulling the plug…from the patient’s point of view.

One thing I know for sure. I don’t want an expert between me and my life choices. :smirk_cat:

The Captain


Great insight here…doc


I go out of my way to hire experts to work for me and advise me on my life choices. I rely on experts that are themselves trained and certified by other experts. I seek training from experts so I myself can become an expert, while the reality is that no one has the time, interest, and talent to become expert every aspect of life. My reliance on experts and expertise has left me wiser, happier, and wealthier.


heA wise move but there is a difference between consulting with experts and letting experts run your life.

There is an old joke about why companies hire consultants, When things go pear shape they have outsiders to blame.

For two decades a cardiologist took good care of me, kept me alive but did not cure me. After he retired I went in search of a new cardiologist. The two he recommended I did not like. Being retired I had all the time in the world and I listed to many doctors on uTube and bought a book by one of them, a disciple of Dr. Dean Ornish. Based on all this new info I changed my diet, lost 50 pounds over two or three years. When I had some pains I visited the cardiologists mentioned above. The second one had me do a stress test and recommended an angiogram. I got the cost estimate and asked who would be doing the procedure, the doctor who recommended the procedure. This set off the alarm bells! I had discussed angiograms with my original doctor and he said it should only be used as a last resort. While under his treatment I did have an angioplasty, I still have the J&J stent after 25 years. A childhood friend, my age, survived an angiogram but told me horror stories about it. He never changed his lifestyle. Later he had a quadruple bypass. Still later he committed suicide.

It was time for a second opinion. A good friend recommended a cardiologist. I explained the situation as described above. His diagnostic was that the angiogram was the “recommended” procedure but that it was not urgent. He confessed that he too performed the procedure. I liked this new doctor and under his supervision I got rid of all the medications I had been told were for life.

I showed him the book about reversing heart disease and he told me he had heard about Dr. Dean Ornish but apparently he had never seen a case so he was skeptical.

Listen to experts and make up your own mind. BTW, I highly recommend watching the play or the movie Whose Life is it Anyway? Our amateur theater group staged it in Caracas.


The Captain


My current doctor recently said (approxiamately and translated from Spanish) this:

“David, between surviving AIDS with no treatment for ten years, Hepatitis A, B, C, with no treatment and almost no symptoms, childhood meningitis, having acute Herpes Zoster since you were 12… you cannot just innocently ask me to advise you about body buidling and long distance running as you enter your 70’s. I might be willing to consult. You are the world’s only expert on your bizarre body!”

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