The Humanity-threatening AI that may have led to Sam Altman's Dismissal

By Consultants Review Team Friday, 24 November 2023

The OpenAI Saga, which began last week, appears to have come to a conclusion. The specific cause for Sam Altman's dismissal from the organization remains unknown. A recent article, however, revealed a new important advance in OpenAI, which could be one of the reasons why Altman was withdrawn. According to Reuters, some insiders believe that Q-Star (Q*) is a new model in development that could represent a breakthrough in the company's pursuit for artificial general intelligence (AGI). According to OpenAI, AGI refers to autonomous systems that surpass humans in the majority of "economically valuable tasks." According to the researchers, this might endanger humanity.  The study also connects this massive discovery to the OpenAI boardroom crisis. It states that researchers wrote a letter to the board advising them of the new discovery's dangers. Sam Altman was fired the next day. 

What exactly is Q-Star?

According to the claim, Q-Star will be able to execute math at the grade-school level. That may appear to be a minor accomplishment, but given its huge computing power, AGI has shown promise in tackling certain mathematical problems. Researchers are quite enthusiastic about Q-Star's future success as a result of this accomplishment.

Math is seen as a frontier in the development of generative AI. By statistically predicting the next word, current generative AI excels at writing and language translation. However, the capacity to do math, where there is only one correct answer, means that AI would have superior reasoning abilities similar to human intellect. AI researchers believe this might be applied to novel scientific studies. In contrast to a calculator, which can only do a limited number of operations, AGI can generalize, learn, and comprehend. This is a big advancement in the field of artificial intelligence.

The issues

This development has not gone unnoticed. Researchers highlighted AI's prowess and potential threat in a letter to the board. The specific safety issues were not addressed, although computer experts have long debated the dangers posed by highly intelligent machines. For example, suppose they determine that annihilating humanity is in their best interests.

The involvement of and removal of Sam Altman

Sam Altman attracted the cash and computer power required by Microsoft to move closer to AGI. In addition to unveiling a host of new tools in a demonstration this month, Altman hinted last week at a meeting of world leaders in San Francisco that substantial breakthroughs were on the way.

"Four times now in the history of OpenAI, the most recent time was just in the last couple of weeks, I've gotten to be in the room, when we sort of push the veil of ignorance back and the frontier of discovery forward, and getting to do that is the professional honour of a lifetime," he told the audience at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. This is widely seen as an allusion to AGI.


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