OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.Brian Ach/Getty Images for TechCrunch
Chances are, you’ve heard of ChatGPT, the viral AI chatbot sweeping the internet.
Some use it for tedious tasks, but others fear ChatGPT can aid in scams or spreading misinformation.
The CEO of ChatGPT’s maker said AI could be “unbelievably good” or make it “lights out for all.”
ChatGPT has been making the rounds online, and as with any type of artificial intelligence, it’s raising questions about its benefits — and how it could be abused.
In a recent interview, Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, offered his take on the pros and cons of artificial intelligence.
During a recent interview with StrictlyVC’s Connie Loizos, Altman was asked about what he viewed as the best- and worst-case scenarios for AI.
As for the best, “I think the best case is so unbelievably good that it’s hard for me to even imagine,” he said.
He added: “I can sort of imagine what it’s like when we have just, like, unbelievable abundance and systems that can help us resolve deadlocks and improve all aspects of reality and let us all live our best lives. But I can’t quite. I think the good case is just so unbelievably good that you sound like a really crazy person to start talking about it.”
His thoughts on the worst-case scenario, though, were pretty bleak.
“The bad case — and I think this is important to say — is, like, lights out for all of us,” Altman said. “I’m more worried about an accidental misuse case in the short term.”
He added: “So I think it’s like impossible to overstate the importance of AI safety and alignment work. I would like to see much, much more happening.”
Experts have said ChatGPT could be abused for purposes like carrying out scams, conducting cyberattacks, spreading misinformation, and enabling plagiarism.
In the StrictlyVC interview, Altman pushed back on the concern of plagiarism, saying: “We adapted to calculators and changed what we tested for in math class, I imagine. This is a more-extreme version of that — no doubt — but also the benefits of it are more extreme, as well.”
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