Musk called on OpenAI to reveal the reasons for firing Sam Altman

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that because the potential risks of developing advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology are very high, as the most powerful artificial intelligence company in the world, OpenAI should explain why it fired its CEO Sam Altman.

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OpenAI’s board of directors announced Altman’s firing on Friday, saying only that the company “no longer has confidence in his ability to continue to lead.”

Responding to a post on X by David Sacks, the former CEO of enterprise social networking platform Yammer, Musk said, “Given the risks and power of advanced artificial intelligence, the public deserves to know why the OpenAI board believes they must Such a big decision to make.”

Musk is a former OpenAI board member but left the company in 2018, citing conflicts of interest with Tesla. However, Musk later said he had become concerned about the impact the company could have on society. It’s worth noting, though, that Musk’s own artificial intelligence company could benefit from OpenAI’s current chaos.

Ultraman’s ouster exposed divisions among the company’s top brass over how to curb the existential threat posed by artificial intelligence. While Altman talked about the “potentially dire” dangers of AI and the “urgent” need to regulate it, he pushed more for rapid AI innovation. As we all know, Altman actively promotes OpenAI to stay at the forefront of the artificial intelligence competition, pursuing large amounts of funding and rapid development.

In September this year, Altman attempted to secure a $1 billion investment from SoftBank to develop a hardware device for running tools such as ChatGPT. Masayoshi Son, CEO of the Japanese conglomerate, has previously said that he uses ChatGPT every day and believes in the power of artificial intelligence.

Meanwhile, other OpenAI leaders have grown increasingly nervous about the dangers AI poses to humanity and are calling on the company to do more to mitigate potential threats.

OpenAI’s co-founder, chief scientist, and board member Ilya Sutskever played an important role in Altman’s dismissal. Considering the potential harm of artificial intelligence to society, he prefers OpenAI to act more cautiously.

It has been previously reported that Sutzkefer established a “super calibration” team within the company to ensure that future versions of GPT-4 (the technology behind ChatGPT) will not cause harm to humans before Ultraman steps down.

Two other OpenAI board members – Helen Toner, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technologies, and tech entrepreneur Tasha McCauley – also have ties to the so-called effective altruism movement. The movement works to ensure that advances in artificial intelligence are aligned with the best interests of humanity.

If their concerns about Ultraman’s commitment to the Effective Altruism movement were the reason for his firing, it wouldn’t be the first time someone has left due to the dangers of artificial intelligence. In 2023, Dario Amodei and several other OpenAI employees left the company to form Anthropic. It has become a competitor to OpenAI and has made building safer artificial intelligence its core mission.


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