Artificial intelligence (AI) will play such an “incredibly big” role in humanity’s future that even the head of the hottest AI startup in the world today says he can’t quite imagine it.
Sam Altman, co-founder and CEO of Open AI, the company behind the popular new chatbot ChatGPT, says we should expect artificial intelligence to change the world in ways we haven’t seen since the iPhone revolution 15 years ago.
ChatGPT, the most advanced artificial intelligence language model to date, has caught the public’s attention Since its launch last November..
it can write prose, articles and poetrytranslate text, and generate ideas for just about anything, from how to improve your website’s citations to how to plan a five-year-old’s birthday party.
AI models will be very important to society, the way we all live, and what might happen in the coming decades, Altman said in a speech Interview with StrictlyVCwhich publishes a daily newsletter about the venture capital world.
Microsoft is also betting on the technology, announcing this week that it will pour billions of dollars into OpenAI to compete with Google in artificial intelligence.
What does an AI-driven future look like?
Altman anticipates that AI models will help humans unravel mysteries that may take thousands of years to unravel, and often “improve aspects of reality to help us live our best lives.”
“The good case is so good that you sound like a really crazy person starting to talk about it,” he said.
As for the worst-case scenario, Altman said he’s less worried about the AI becoming rogue and mischievous, and more about “accidental misuse in the short term,” such as by humans who suddenly become “super powerful.”
To address this risk, Altman said it will gradually roll out the latest and most advanced version of ChatGPT. This will allow people, institutions and policymakers to become familiar with it, “to think about its impact, to feel the technology, to understand what it can and cannot do,” he explained.
He gave no timetable for the release of the highly anticipated next version of ChatGPT, calling the rumors surrounding ChatGPT 4 “ridiculous.”
“People are begging to be let down … and, you know, yeah, we’re gonna let those people down,” he said.
ChatGPT has forced us to adapt
Altman acknowledges that ChatGPT will present many challenges, not least with regard to education, plagiarism, and professional and academic integrity.
“I can see why educators feel the way this does, and this may just be a preview of what we’re going to see in many other fields,” Altman said.
OpenAI is already exploring ways to help teachers detect the output of any generative AI like ChatGPT, such as watermarking techniques, but only because “it’s important for the transition,” he said.
Generative AI is something we just have to adapt to, he added.
“We adapted the calculator and changed what we tested in math class. I think it’s a more extreme version, no doubt. But it’s also more extreme in its benefits,” he said.
“It’s an evolving world and we’re all going to adapt, and I think it’s better that way. We don’t want to go back,” he added.
“Before Google, we learned a lot about remembering facts that really matter, and that has changed. Now I think learning will change again, and we may adapt faster than we think” .
Set limits for AI
Just as society sets limits on free speech, it should set boundaries for ChatGPT to decide what artificial general intelligence (AGI), or machine intelligence, “can and shouldn’t do,” Altman said.
From there, he argues, people should have “a ton of freedom” to customize their AGI experience.
“If you want the ‘never offend, work safe’ model, you should get it. If you want something edgier that’s a bit creative and exploratory, but saying something you like might be uncomfortable or somewhat People can be uncomfortable and you deserve that.”
ChatGPT may just be the beginning of a new era of AGI, because “there will be more cool stuff coming out,” Altman said.
Microsoft announced Monday that it is making a “multi-year, multi-billion dollar” investment in OpenAI.
Altman said the partnership, which began in 2019, has been an exciting venture.
“They understand the stakes of what AGI means and why we need to do all the weird things in our structure and our agreements with them,” he said.