OpenAI Establishes Safety Committee Amid AI Model Training


OpenAI CEO Sam Altman speaks during the Microsoft Build conference at the Seattle Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, on May 21, 2024. Altman will be part of a new safety committee at ChatGPT, the company announced on May 28.

Amid the development of its latest AI model, GPT-4, OpenAI reportedly announced the creation of a safety committee to enhance the company’s safety processes over the next 90 days. The committee, which includes CEO Sam Altman, board members, and other executives, aims to safeguard AI development from misuse and exploitation.

This initiative follows the resignation of key executives Jan Leike and Ilya Sutskever, who previously led OpenAI’s “superalignment” team focused on reducing long-term AI risks. Leike criticized the company’s current focus on product development over safety, while Sutskever expressed confidence in OpenAI’s mission to build safe and beneficial AGI.

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OpenAI has also faced recent backlash over allegations of voice copying in ChatGPT, which the company denied. The safety committee plans to make public recommendations after a full board meeting in the fall. This move underscores the growing emphasis on AI safety and ethics, echoing similar regulatory efforts by the EU with its newly formed AI Office.

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