Sam Altman ‘a little scared’ of ChatGPT, will eliminate ‘a lot’ of jobs

Sam Altman believes it is “critical” to regulate AI technology.
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  • Sam Altman admitted that he is “a little scared” of the creation of OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
  • The CEO told ABC News that people “shouldn’t trust me” when he said he wasn’t worried about it.
  • He also said artificial intelligence will take over many jobs but could lead to “much better ones”.

OpenAI’s CEO admitted that he is “a little scared” of his ChatGPT creation and warned that it could “eliminate” many jobs.

In an interview with ABC News on Thursday, Sam Altman said that “people should be glad” that the company was “a little scared” of the potential of artificial intelligence.

“I think if I say I’m not, you shouldn’t trust me, or be very unhappy that I have this job,” he said.

Altman also said artificial intelligence could replace many jobs, but it could also lead to “much better ones”.

“The reason for developing AI at all, in terms of impacting our lives and improving our lives and the bright side, this will be the best technology that humanity has developed to date,” he said.

The 37-year-old told ABC he is in “regular contact” with government officials and said regulators and society should be involved in the ChatGPT rollout. Feedback can help curb any negative consequences of its widespread use.

The entrepreneur warned in a series of tweets last month that the world may not be “that far from potentially scary” artificial intelligence. Altman expressed support for regulating AI in the tweets, saying rules were “crucial” and society needed time to adjust to “something so big”.

OpenAI this week unveiled GPT-4, its latest ChatGPT model, which Altman described as “less biased” and “more creative” than previous versions. It is only available to users who pay for the Plus plan.

The latest version is capable of handling image prompts, is said to be more accurate than other versions, and allows users to hold longer conversations.

The OpenAI chief said on Tuesday that it can pass the bar exam for lawyers and is able to “score a 5 on several AP exams.” It is already used by teachers to generate lesson plans and quizzes for students.

OpenAI did not immediately respond to an Insider request for comment outside of normal business hours.






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