Aware of the dangers and fascinations of his invention, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman gave an interview to ABC Newsto refer to AI and recent addition of GPT-4.
In the event, Altman believes they are after something to be feared, despite all its benefits.
He believes it comes with real dangers, but it may also be “the greatest technology humanity has yet developed” to drastically improve our lives.
“We have to be careful here,” said Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI. “I think people should be happy that we’re a little scared of this.”
In his interview, Altman was emphatic that OpenAI needs both regulators and society to be as involved as possible with the release of ChatGPT, insisting that feedback will help deter potential negative consequences the technology could have on humanity. He added that he is in “regular contact” with government officials.
“I am particularly concerned that these models could be used for large-scale disinformation,” Altman said. “Now that they’re getting better at writing computer code, [ellos] could be used for offensive cyberattacks.”
A common sci-fi fear that Altman doesn’t share: AI models that don’t need humans, making their own decisions and plotting world domination.
“He waits for someone to give him an opinion,” Altman said. “This is a tool that is very much under human control.”
However, he said he fears which humans might be in control. “There will be other people who don’t put some of the security limits that we put in place,” she added. “Society, I think, has a limited amount of time to figure out how to react to that, how to regulate it, how to manage it.”
“The thing I try to warn people about the most is what we call the ‘hallucination problem,'” Altman said. “The model will confidently state things as if they were completely made up facts.”
“The correct way to think about the models we create is a reasoning engine, not a database of facts,” Altman said. “They can also act as a database of facts, but that’s not really what’s special about them, what we want them to do is something closer to the ability to reason, not memorize.”
“One thing that does worry me is… we’re not going to be the sole creator of this technology,” Altman said. “There will be other people who don’t put some of the safety limits that we put on it.”
Among the concerns of the destructive capabilities of this technology is the substitution of jobs. Altman says this will likely replace some jobs in the near future, and he worries about how quickly it could happen.
“I think that over a couple of generations, humanity has shown that it can adapt beautifully to major technological changes,” Altman said. “But if this happens in a single-digit number of years, some of these changes… That’s the part that worries me the most.”