/ 24 November 2023

One step closer to world domination

Image credit: Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch
Image credit: Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch

This week, we’ve talked a lot about Sam Altman, the boss of ChatGPT-maker OpenAI who was fired by his board last week and then reinstated mid-week. And we’re bringing it up again because more has come to light about why he was pushed out in the first place… Reports say that ahead of Altman’s sacking last Friday, some OpenAI researchers contacted the board to warn them of a new breakthrough the company was approaching – and they were worried it could threaten humanity. Altman and his team have been working on a project called Q* (pronounced Q-Star) to develop artificial general intelligence (AGI). AGI would be a step up from AI and could theoretically perform intellectual tasks that human beings can do. Reports say it added to the board’s concern that Altman was pushing to commercialise AI advances before understanding the consequences. That board’s mostly been dismantled now… 

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