Report: OpenAI Fired CEO After Researchers Warned of AI Breakthrough that Could Threaten Humanity

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by Lucas Nolan, Breitbart:

According to an exclusive report by Reuters, several OpenAI researchers sent a letter to the board of directors warning of a new AI discovery that posed potential risks to humanity shortly before the firing of CEO Sam Altman.

Reuters reports in an exclusive story that on November 22, a group of OpenAI staff researchers penned a letter to the board of directors. This letter, previously unreported, carried a grave warning: they had stumbled upon a powerful artificial intelligence breakthrough, a discovery so significant that it warranted an immediate alert due to the potential risks it posed to humanity.

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OpenAI founder Sam Altman, creator of ChatGPT

OpenAI founder Sam Altman, creator of ChatGPT (TechCrunch/Flickr)

The letter and the undisclosed AI algorithm were reportedly pivotal factors leading to Altman’s temporary removal. More than 700 employees, rallying in support of Altman, threatened to quit and join Microsoft in solidarity. The board’s decision to remove Altman, however, was reportedly driven by a constellation of concerns. Top among these was the fear of rushing to commercialize this new AI advancement without fully grasping its implications.

OpenAI declined to comment directly on the matter when contacted by Reuters. However, an internal message to staff acknowledged the existence of a project called “Q*,” as well as the letter sent prior to the weekend’s upheaval.

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