At a conference at IE University in Spain, Sam Altman asked the audience what they thought about regulating future versions of GPT, as well as the possibility of making them open source models. While the audience expressed support for both proposals, Altman's response was direct: “Well, we don't agree on that”.
Later, at a similar conference at the Technische Universität München in Germany, Altman again polled the public's opinion on launching future ChatGPTs as free software. Faced with a majority of raised hands, the OpenAI CEO replied with a touch of irony: “Oh, wow…. Well, we're not going to do that. But it's interesting to know.”
However, Sam Altman clarified his answer by indicating that he would prefer to open the OpenAI language models “a few years later” once any security issues have been resolved.
Controversy over Sam Altman's remarks
According to a report from Gen Beta, Sam Altman's remarks didn't go unnoticed and drew criticism from leading AI experts, such as Yann LeCun, chief AI scientist at Meta.
Yann LeCun said that most people want basic models to be open, “with the exception of a small group in Silicon Valley and those who are frightened by fears of AI within governments” .
Well, obviously.Everyone wants open source base models except a few folks in Silicon Valley, a handful of AI doomers, and whoever they manage to scare in governments, https://t.co/reJmZxAMln
It's worth recalling that OpenAI was founded with the initial aim of creating open source AI by Elon Musk and Sam Altman, among others. However, following disagreements between the founders, Musk left the organization and Altman took over as CEO, coinciding with OpenAI's transition from a non-profit organization to a company.
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