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April 14, 2023

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman Addresses Open Letter on AI Advancement Pause and Confirms No Current Plans for GPT-5 Development

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At MIT event, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman addressed an open letter calling for a pause on AI advancement: he agreed with the need for increased safety capabilities but disagreed with a monetary pause on AI development.

Altman confirmed that OpenAI is not currently working on GPT-5.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman Addresses Open Letter on AI Advancement Pause and Confirms No Current Plans for GPT-5 Development

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has spoken out about the recently published open letter calling for a pause on the advancement of AI technology. Altman addressed the letter during a speech at MIT and shared his opinions on the matter. Altman confirmed that OpenAI is not currently training GPT-5, which is believed to be the successor to the GPT-4 AI language model.

Last month, thousands of leading tech experts, including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, signed an open letter calling for a six-month pause on training AI systems that are more advanced than GPT-4. The letter highlights the growing concern about the race to develop increasingly powerful AI and the risks this poses to society. While contemporary AI systems like GPT-4 can already compete with humans on general tasks, the letter warns of potential information biases, job automation, and the risk of losing control over human civilization. 

Altman agreed with certain aspects of the open letter, specifically regarding the need to increase safety capabilities in AI development. He stated that OpenAI had taken extensive safety measures when training GPT-4, including external audits and safety checks. 

However, he disagreed with the proposed monetary pause on AI development and noted the lack of technical specificity in the letter. Altman also refuted the claim that OpenAI was training GPT-5, emphasizing the importance of accurate evaluation and monitoring of AI safety.

“We are doing other things on top of GPT-4 that I think have all sorts of safety issues that are important to address and were totally left out of the letter,”

Altman said.

He further explained that OpenAI’s goal is to encourage global engagement with AI, prompting individuals and institutions to update or adapt existing systems to create the desired future.

OpenAI has recently updated its approach to AI safety. The company has committed to conducting thorough testing, seeking external expert feedback, and collaborating with governments to develop effective regulations. In addition, OpenAI is taking measures to protect individual privacy by removing personal information from training data, rejecting requests for personal information, and deleting personal information from its systems. The company has also shifted its focus to protecting children by planning to implement age verification options.

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Agne is a journalist who covers the latest trends and developments in the metaverse, AI, and Web3 industries for the Metaverse Post. Her passion for storytelling has led her to conduct numerous interviews with experts in these fields, always seeking to uncover exciting and engaging stories. Agne holds a Bachelor’s degree in literature and has an extensive background in writing about a wide range of topics including travel, art, and culture. She has also volunteered as an editor for the animal rights organization, where she helped raise awareness about animal welfare issues. Contact her on [email protected].

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