OpenAI sees a future of AI ‘superpowers on demand’

OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT, made an effort on Monday to attract developers with reduced costs and the capability of simply customizing artificial intelligence “agents” to assist with anything from contract negotiations to laundry assistance.

Since ChatGPT’s hugely successful launch a year ago, there have been a lot of talk in the tech community about the potential advantages of generative AI as well as concerns about its potential perils.

“We will be able to do more, to create more, and to have more,” Open AI chief executive Sam Altman told developers at a gathering in San Francisco.

“As intelligence is integrated everywhere, we will all have superpowers on demand.”

More than 2 million developers are building on the OpenAI platform, while more than 100 million people use ChatGPT weekly, according to the San Francisco-based startup.

“About a year ago, November 30, we shipped ChatGPT as a low-key research preview,” Altman said.

“That went pretty well,” he quipped.

An AI arms race sprang out with the release of ChatGPT, with competitors including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Meta.

Altman has discussed AI with heads of state and testified before the US Congress as demand to regulate the technology has progressively increased to mitigate problems including AI’s possible application in bioweapons, disinformation, and other threats.

With an executive order last week on artificial intelligence regulation, President Joe Biden hopes to have the US “lead the way” in international efforts to control the hazards associated with this emerging technology.

The directive mandates that developers “share their safety test results and other critical information with the US government,” as stated by the White House, and it forces federal agencies to establish new safety standards for AI systems.

The world’s first major summit on AI safety took place last week in the UK, with political and tech leaders discussing possible responses to the society-changing technology.

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