OpenAI and Sam Altman have been within the information for the final week for various causes, together with the firing episode and the much-anticipated return late Tuesday. Nonetheless, a brand new story unfolded in the present day after Reuters reported a letter written by researchers at OpenAI warning about an all-new AI discovery, Venture Q* (or referred to as Q Star).

The most recent Reuters report highlights this AI breakthrough, which has been unreported up to now. This all-new revelation opens up the talk about Altman’s intentions, too. It provides that the letter might be one of many components resulting in Altman’s firing. 

What’s Venture Q*?

Based mostly on the restricted info on Venture Q* shared within the Reuters report, it appears like Altman acquired a breakthrough within the firm’s lengthy seek for synthetic common intelligence (lengthy for AGI). Altman’s weblog earlier this yr described AGI as “AI programs which might be typically smarter than people.” 

He additionally talked about how if AGI was created efficiently, it may assist elevate humanity by pushing the worldwide economic system. Nonetheless, Altman did point out the cons of this superintelligence, “AGI would additionally include severe danger of misuse, drastic accidents, and societal disruption.”

“As a result of the upside of AGI is so nice, we don’t consider it’s attainable or fascinating for society to cease its growth without end; as a substitute, society and the builders of AGI have to determine methods to get it proper,” Altman said in a blog from February 2023.

As per the Reuters report, Venture Q* may threaten humanity, which reminds us of the Terminator motion pictures. It additional provides that the brand new mannequin on which Altman was working solved math issues, which is the place it will get fascinating. 

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Generative AI depends on mathematical fashions and broadly is a subset of machine studying. For AI to unravel a math drawback is algorithmic because it follows a pre-defined decision path. To place some context, at present, generative AI is principally utilized in writing be it typing emails for a specific want or how Gmail utilises for predicting your subsequent phrase. The letter despatched to the OpenAI board earlier than Altman was fired flagged the brand new AI’s capabilities and pressured security considerations, which appeared to be being given low precedence. 

OpenAI acknowledged its workers about Venture Q* after the Reuters report. Nonetheless, the precise particulars of what this breakthrough in AI meant weren’t disclosed.

Recapping the week’s episode at OpenAI, it took days for Sam Altman to be fired because the CEO after which reinstated. In solidarity with the narrative of “OpenAI is nothing without its people”, a number of OpenAI workers threatened to stop after Altman’s sudden firing. Aside from workers, Altman additionally acquired immense help from different senior executives like Greg Brockman, then President and co-founder at OpenAI. Nonetheless, after negotiations with the brand new board, Altman re-joined because the CEO.

Between getting fired and being reinstated, Altman additionally acquired the chance to hitch Microsoft to steer a brand new superior AI analysis crew.

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