OpenAI CEO Denies Training GPT-5 Amidst AI Safety Concerns
OpenAI’s CEO and co-founder, Sam Altman, has recently confirmed that the company is not currently training GPT-5, the presumed successor to its AI language model GPT-4. This statement came in response to an open letter circulating among the tech world, which requested labs like OpenAI to pause the development of AI systems that are more powerful than GPT-4, citing concerns about their safety.
During a discussion at MIT, Altman highlighted that the letter lacked technical nuance and earlier versions falsely claimed that OpenAI was training GPT-5. He clarified that the company is not and won’t be doing so for some time, deeming the claims in the letter as sort of silly.
While OpenAI may not be working on GPT-5 at the moment, Altman emphasized that they are still expanding the capabilities of GPT-4. He stressed that they are considering the safety implications of their work and addressing important safety issues associated with their advancements.
This announcement from OpenAI’s CEO raises an interesting challenge in the debate about AI safety. The notion of version numbers, which implies definite and linear improvements in capability, can be misleading. It is vital to focus on the capabilities demonstrated by AI systems and their potential for change over time rather than solely relying on version numbers to gauge progress.
Despite the confirmation that OpenAI is not developing GPT-5, concerns about AI safety remain. The company continues to enhance the capabilities of GPT-4, making it more interconnected with the internet. Additionally, other industry players are also working on ambitious AI tools that can act on behalf of users. While a ban on new AI developments may be theoretically possible, society is still grappling with the complex systems currently available, such as GPT-4, which are not yet fully understood.
In conclusion, the statement from OpenAI’s CEO clarifies their current focus but does not alleviate concerns surrounding AI safety. As the industry continues to advance, it is crucial to prioritize understanding the capabilities of AI systems and proactively address the associated safety issues.
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