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Sam Altman thinks we’re blowing the AI thing out of proportion.
And Elon Musk’s Grok throwing shade?
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OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, thinks the buzz around AI taking over the world is a bit much.
Specifically, he’s talking about AGI, or artificial general intelligence - the kind of AI that can outperform humans.
Altman believes AGI might be around the corner, but he’s not losing sleep over it.
Despite the hype around OpenAI’s ChatGPT, he warned folks not to get too carried away, predicting that some might end up “disappointed” with the technology.
He emphasised that we’re quite at the point of having true AGI yet.
OpenAI has been on a mission to achieve AGI since 2015. Now with backing from Microsoft, they aim to develop AI responsibly.
When asked if AI could worsen economic inequalities, especially in light of recent political events, Altman acknowledged the concern but reassured that AI is more of a tool than a job snatcher.
Altman’s departure is now a distant memory.
Altman’s temporary exit from OpenAI in November raised eyebrows due to concerns about AI safety and the company’s role.
However, he quickly bounced back after strong support from OpenAI’s team and investors, and it’s being seen as nothing more than a bump in the road.
Microsoft even snagged a non-voting board observer seat in the process.
The AI revolution might be more of a gentle nudge than a massive shakeup, at least according to Altman.
Altman's take on AI seems pretty chill – he's not sweating the idea of it taking over the world, and he sees it more as a cool tool for boosting productivity than a job-stealing villain.
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You find yourself at home, surrounded by your family, when suddenly your phone starts buzzing with concerned messages from acquaintances…
A social media storm, involving your name and a rather unsettling revelation.
In this particular tale, our protagonist Zoe Kleinman, technology editor of BBC discovers she’s been listed among the suppliers of disinformation on Twitter.
A screenshot from Elon Musk’s chatbot, Grok.
Not exactly the kind of top 10 list one wants to be on now, is it?
Unfazed, Kleinman tried to rectify the situation and the first point of contact was Grok itself!
However, there was no response from the bot.
She then turned to regulatory authorities in the UK for guidance.
The Information Commissioner's Office, bureau of data protection told her to refer to Ofcom, the custodian of the Online Safety Act.
Apparently, the list doesn’t fall under criminal activity - as it is AI, there is no legal precedent.
The plot twist…
Two lawyers are consulted, the first declined outright while the second cautiously navigated the uncharted waters of the law.
It turns out, the burden of proving harm rests firmly on Kleinman’s shoulders.
It turns out the original image itself was Photoshop, and she wasn’t actually included.
Online shenanigans sent her on a wild goose chase… but if this was real, the response from X (Twitter…) isn’t too promising - no doubt a real case will come around soon enough.
This mystery wasn’t all it panned out to be… but it seems like unlike ChatGPT, Grok is happy to dish out questionable info about real people…
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