OpenAI Halts Training of GPT-5 Citing Potential Risk to Humanity
OpenAI, following its promise to halt the development of the successor to the GPT-4 neural network, has not yet begun training the GPT-5. The decision comes amid public concern about the potential threat large language models pose to human welfare.
“A great deal of work lies ahead before we can launch this model. We are developing new ideas that we believe are necessary for this, but we have not approached the launch yet,” said Sam Altman, head of OpenAI, at a conference organized by the Indian newspaper Economic Times.
In late March, over a thousand representatives of the public and expert community, including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, signed an open letter calling on all artificial intelligence labs to halt the training of systems more powerful than GPT-4 for at least six months. Later, Altman noted that the document “lacks most of the technical nuances about where we need to pause,” but added that OpenAI has not yet begun training GPT-5 and does not plan to do so for some time.
Altman dismissed some warnings regarding potential AI system threats, stating that OpenAI is capable of conducting a comprehensive assessment itself with the assistance of external experts, by simulating large-scale cyberattacks and other safety tests. Even after completing work on GPT-4, it took another half a year to release the platform to the public, Altman recalled. He also spoke against regulatory measures for small AI startups – when suggesting this measure at Senate hearings, he referred to OpenAI itself and larger players.
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