Amid the hype that surrounds OpenAI’s ChatGPT and GPT (which powers the chatbot), co-founder Sam Altman discussed several aspects of the technology in a recent interview.
ChatGPT call: People are really having fun with the company’s chatbot and simultaneously seeing the many ways it can help with different tasks, Altman said ABC.
“It’s a technology that rewards experimentation,” he said, adding that people find real value in using it.
Future AI changes: Altman said he was surprised by the creative power of the company since the emergence of innovative technologies. “It will be the collective power, creativity and will of humanity that will determine what to do with these,” he said.
On the good and bad of AI: “We have to be careful here,” said Altman, who advocates real-world AI testing.
“I think it doesn’t work to do all this in a lab. You have to take these products out into the real world and get in touch with reality and make our mistakes when the stakes are low,” he added.
“I think people should be happy that we’re a little scared of this,” the OpenAI CEO said. “If I said that I was not [scared]you should either not trust me or be very unhappy that I hold this position.
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Worst possible outcome: While conceding that AI models could lead to a set of very bad outcomes, Altman said the one thing he was particularly concerned about was the fact that these models could be used for large-scale misinformation.
As AI models improve in writing computer code, he expressed concern that they could also be used for cyberattacks.
When asked how confident he was that the systems developed by his company would not lead to adverse consequences, the tech entrepreneur said that putting these systems in place now when the stakes are low could creating a tight feedback loop, he added.
Will human labor be completely dismantled? Despite fears that AI could one day replace human jobs entirely, Altman said humans are still an essential part of the workforce. He added that GPT technology serves as a tool — not a substitute — for humans.
“With every major technological revolution in human history, while it’s true that jobs change a lot, some jobs even disappear, and I’m sure we’ll see a lot of those here,” Altman said, while making it clear that the human demand for new ventures is limitless. “We find new jobs, we find new things to do,” he said.
Altman said he was most concerned about the speed of changes caused by the AI. “If it happens in a single-digit number of years, some of these changes – that’s the part that worries me the most,” he said.
The tech entrepreneur also said that AI can do great things if implemented correctly. “He goes eliminate a lot current jobs. It’s true. We can do much better,” he admitted.
On whether ChatGPT is a Google “killer”: Altman ruled out competition from OpenAI with Alphabet, Inc. GOOGL GOOG Google search. “If you think of it as research, it’s kind of the wrong frame,” he said.
Although people can use Google Search and ChatGPT in the same way in some cases, the two are fundamentally different products, he added.
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