New Delhi,UPDATED: Aug 22, 2023 12:54 IST
Elon Musk and Sam Altman are often seen talking about each other in interviews as well as tweets. Musk was one of the co-founders of OpenAI when the company was established back in 2015. However, in 2018, Musk had left the company and also let go of all his stake in it. Earlier this year, a lot was reported on Musk’s departure from OpenAI. While some said that Musk left over a ‘conflict of interest situation’ as his other two companies, Tesla and Space X, were also working on AI technologies, other reports suggested that the Twitter boss left OpenAI as he wanted to run it on his own terms and was denied the right to do so.
Sam Altman, probably for the first time ever, directly talked about Musk’s departure from OpenAI in conversation with The New Yorker and called it ‘difficult’.
Sam Altman on Elon Musk leaving OpenAI
A report by The New Yorker sheds some light on how things were at OpenAI when Elon Musk left the company. Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, said that when Musk left the company, it was very tough on him as he had to ‘reorient his life and time in order to ensure that the company had enough funding’.
“Elon desperately wants the world to be saved. But only if he can be the one to save it,” Altman added.
Eventually, Microsoft invested billions of dollars in OpenAI and the partnership continues running strong even today. The two companies also strengthened their partnership and announced the same in January this year. Shortly after this, Microsoft unveiled its Bing AI chat, powered by ChatGPT.
Circling back to Musk, the exact amount that he invested in OpenAI isn’t known. However, in a tweet in March this year, Musk had said that he invested around 100 million in the company.
Sam Altman on being scared of his creation
Meanwhile, Sam Altman has often talked about how his creation, ChatGPT, can prove to be dangerous if not regulated. On more than one occasions, he has said that he is scared of the AI chatbot and more recently, when he was in India, he said that he doesn’t trust all of ChatGPT’s answers. The AI tool certainly has its limitations and is not perfect, yet. However, ever since its launch in November 2022, it has come quite far and will hopefully continue improving.
Looking at the rapid advancement of AI tools like ChatGPT, a lot of people, as well as tech experts, have expressed concerns over the technology replacing human beings at their jobs in future. And in some cases, this has already started happening. While some people are worried that ChatGPT and other AI tools might replace them at their jobs, others are taking things rather lightly and are saying that it will just help humans in doing their jobs easily and won’t be a replacement. As for Altman, he, in an interview with The Atlantic, said that jobs are ‘definitely’ going to go away because of the technology.