ChatGPT made waves this week after its test release by OpenAI, the company behind it. The artificial intelligence chatbot has elicited amazed, amused and concerned responses and has generated widespread social media buzz. Many have speculated that ChatGPT will disrupt Google’s search business. It can also debug code, write in the voice of a famous author, and help students cheat, among other things.
Excitement is likely to increase further when OpenAI releases a superior next version of the AI chatbot, rumored to be sometime next year.
Speaking of buzz, few people have been generating more of it lately than Elon Musk, who runs Tesla, SpaceX, and now Twitter, among others. As it turns out, Musk has ties to OpenAI, including as an original backer, and has been involved in both supporting artificial intelligence and warning of its dangers.
Musk this month called ChatGPT “scary good” and warned, “We’re not far from dangerously strong AI.”
Musk resigned from OpenAI’s board of directors in 2018, citing potential conflicts of interest related to Tesla’s own AI work. In 2019, OpenAI transitioned from a non-profit to a capped-profit corporation, a mix of for-profit and non-profit. In 2019, it received a $1 billion investment from Microsoft. By 2020 Musk tweeted“I have no control and very limited insight into OpenAI,” he added, adding that his confidence in its security is “not high.”
This month he tweeted: “I just found out that OpenAI had access to the Twitter database for training purposes. I’ve paused that now. They need to learn more about the governance structure and future revenue plans. OpenAI was started as Open Source & Non-Profit. Neither is true yet.”
But we’ll let ChatGPT itself talk more about Musk’s history with OpenAI. The rest of this article was written by the AI chatbot, which was generated in seconds as answers to our questions:
Elon Musk has a long association with OpenAI, dating back to the organization’s founding in 2015. He was one of the organization’s original supporters, providing both financial and strategic support. Over the years, he has remained an advocate for the organization and its mission to promote and develop friendly AI.
Based on his public statements and actions, he seems to have some concerns about the potential dangers of advanced AI and its potential impact on society. He has often spoken about the need to develop and use AI in a responsible and ethical way, and has even founded organizations like OpenAI to advance this goal.
Elon Musk has publicly expressed concerns about the potential dangers of advanced AI. In particular, he has warned of the risk of AI being used for malicious purposes, such as developing weapons or disrupting elections. He also expressed concern about the potential for AI to surpass human intelligence and become a threat to humanity.
Tesla uses AI in several of its products and services. For example, the company’s Autopilot feature uses AI to help vehicles navigate streets and highways with limited or no driver input. The company’s cars also use AI for tasks like lane recognition, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. In addition, Tesla uses AI in its manufacturing processes to improve efficiency and productivity.
It’s possible that Elon Musk hired staff from OpenAI, but I don’t have access to this information as I’m a large language model trained by OpenAI and can’t surf the web. OpenAI is an independent organization and while Elon Musk has been involved with the organization in the past, he is not directly involved in day-to-day operations or decision-making.
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