Sam Altman was booted as boss of ChatGPT maker OpenAI over fears he was ignoring DANGERS of artificial intelligence that experts have warned could trigger an apocalypse
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
Sam Altman was pulled as CEO of ChatGPT-maker OpenAI over fears he was flouting the dangers of artificial intelligence, a new report has revealed.
The concerns, aired by a fellow OpenAI board member, culminated with the 38-year-old’s sudden firing Friday – sending the tech world into frenzy, and a storm of speculation.
Aside from sparking worry amongst the public, this uncertainty was apparently also felt within OpenAI’s six-person board, according to The New York Times report – particularly, by one of Altman’s cofounders, Ilya Sutskever.
In a series of interviews, people familiar with the matter described how the AI researcher had become worried about OpenAI’s budding technology prior to the firing, and shared a belief his boss was not paying enough attention to the risks.
Those concerns came as many warned AI could one day result in a dystopian, machine-run landscape, as it did in James Cameron’s famed Terminator series.
A dramatic statement this past May warned of such a reality, stating that ‘bad actors’ will use the budding technologies to harm others before potentially ringing in an apocalypse.
Signed by experts from firms like Google DeepMind and vets like Google alum Geoffrey Hinton, who resigned over the growing dangers of AI, the statement was also pushed by Altman – but was ultimately flouted, according to the Times.
Per their report, prominent computer scientist Sutskever, 37, led the charge to have him pulled afterwards – successfully swaying three other board members to do so.