OpenAI CEO Warns of Societal Misalignments in AI
The CEO of ChatGPT-maker OpenAI, Sam Altman, has expressed concerns about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) and the societal misalignments that could lead to havoc.
Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Altman called for the creation of a regulatory body similar to the International Atomic Energy Agency to oversee the rapid advancements in AI.
Altman emphasized that he is more concerned about subtle societal misalignments rather than the stereotypical “killer robots” scenario. He believes that without any ill intention, things could go horribly wrong when AI systems are integrated into society.
Despite OpenAI’s leading position in the AI industry, Altman stressed that the industry should not be the driving force behind regulatory changes. He believes that a global action plan with widespread buy-in is necessary to govern the development and implementation of AI technologies.
OpenAI, based in San Francisco, has garnered significant investment, with Microsoft injecting $1 billion into the company. However, the company has faced legal challenges, including a lawsuit from The New York Times over the use of its stories to train OpenAI’s chatbots.
During the discussion at the World Government Summit, Altman did not address local concerns in the UAE, where speech is tightly controlled and accurate information flow is restricted. He did, however, express optimism about the increasing acceptance of AI in educational institutions.
Altman compared the current state of AI technology to the very first cellphone with a black-and-white screen, indicating that there is still much room for improvement. He believes that in the coming years, AI will advance significantly and become a remarkable technology in the next decade.