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This editor sat with Sam Altman more than three years ago for a small San Francisco event shortly after he had left his role as president of Y Combinator and become CEO of OpenAI, the AI company he founded in 2015 along with Elon Musk.
Altman’s description of OpenAI at the time sounded absurd to many. Altman, for instance, said that artificial general intelligence – machine intelligence that solves problems like a human – is so powerful that, if OpenAI could crack it, it would \”maybe capture all the future value of the universe\”. He also said that, because the technology was so powerful, the company \”would have to refrain from releasing research.\” Altman, when asked if OpenAI had been fear-mongering – Musk has repeatedly urged all AI organizations to be regulated – spoke about the dangers that come with not considering \”social consequences\” while \”you’re creating something on an exponential scale.\”
Altman’s conversation was a source of laughter for the audience, who were unsure how serious they should take it. But no one is laughing anymore. Although machines are still not as intelligent as humans, the technology that OpenAI released has taken many by surprise (including Musk), and some critics fear that it could lead to our demise, especially since more sophisticated tech is reportedly coming.