Recently, OpenAI unveiled a prototype general-purpose chatbot that exhibits a remarkable diversity of new text creation capabilities. The company’s language interface, known as ChatGPT, has become extremely popular online as users speculate about its potential to replace anything from playwrights to Google Search Engine to college essays. Meanwhile, in an unexpected turn of events, Twitter CEO Elon Musk said on Sunday that he ‘paused’ OpenAI from using the microblogging platform’s database for training after finding out about it.
Elon stated in a tweet that he would like to learn more about the governance and future revenue plans of ChatGPT. He also mentioned OpenAI, which he co-founded, started as a non-profit and open-source project. Both are no longer true.
The tweet by Musk sparked discussion among many people. Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, was one of them and tweeted: “Interesting to me how many of the ChatGPT takes are either ‘this is AGI’ (obviously not close, lol) or this approach can’t really go that much further.”
Musk responded, admitting ChatGPT is scary good. He also expressed his concerns that “We are not far from dangerously strong AI.”
Altman replied that he agrees that we are getting near to dangerously powerful AI in the sense that an AI offers a significant cybersecurity risk, and he thinks we might get to actual AGI in the next decade, so we have to take the risk of that very seriously too.
Today, Altman tweeted that ChatGPT has crossed 1 million users in less than a week since its inauguration last Wednesday.