ChatGPT creator Sam Altman says he is scared of his creation
When ChatGPT’s Beta version was made available for public testing in November 2022, it instantly became a global sensation. The AI chatbot could write code, write poetry, write essays, create website content, create video scripts, and perform other activities while responding to any question in a human-like manner. And a couple of days back, the improved and more powerful version of ChatGPT was announced. The GPT-4 has already aced significant tests designed for humans and can accept visual inputs in addition to handling more difficult jobs than its predecessor. With ChatGPT’s success, several individuals have expressed fear that the AI chatbot could eventually displace human workers.
Sam Altman, the creator of OpenAI and the parent firm of ChatGPT, acknowledges that ChatGPT may eventually displace some human occupations. But, he continues, “human imagination is unlimited, and we discover new jobs, new things to do.
Sam Altman admitted that he is “a little bit afraid” of his work in an interview with ABC News. He claimed that artificial intelligence would “reshape society” and pose some serious risks. The CEO did, however, add that AI has the potential to be “the greatest technology humanity has yet invented” and so, enhance our lives.
Altman said, “We’ve got to be careful here. I think people should be happy that we are a little bit scared of this. I think if I said I were not, you should either not trust me, or be very unhappy I’m in this job. I’m particularly worried that these models could be used for large-scale disinformation. Now that they’re getting better at writing computer code, [they] could be used for offensive cyberattacks.”
The CEO of OpenAI further stated that although the AI tool is under human supervision, he is unsure of the specific humans who would be in charge of it.
The society, he continued, “has a limited amount of time to find out how to react to it, how to govern that, how to handle that.” He stated that “there will be other individuals who don’t place some of the safety limits that we put on.”
“I believe that over a few generations, humanity has shown that it is remarkably capable of adjusting to significant technical changes. The aspect I’m most concerned about is if this occurs in a single-digit number of years, some of these adjustments ” he added.
Sam Altman, who was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, showed a strong interest in coding from an early age. His ability to programme a Macintosh, which he eventually used as his “lifeline in the world,” allowed him to do so. He stated in an interview with The New Yorker that being gay in the Midwest in the 2000s was not the most amazing experience. AOL chat rooms were also a game-changer. When you’re eleven or twelve, secrets are horrible.
After working for several startups, Sam founded OpenAI in 2015 with the goal of preventing AI from potentially destroying humans. The business started out as a nonprofit research organisation committed to the mission. One of the company’s founders was Elon Musk.
While his other two businesses, SpaceX and Tesla, were also developing AI technologies, Musk left OpenAI in 2018. In 2019, OpenAI announced that it was a “for profit” business and teamed up with Microsoft and other major corporations.