Ilya Sutskeverthe chief scientist, co-founder and direct board member of OpenAIis at the center of controversy after being accused of having led a movement to remove Sam Altman of the entity that both created.
Sutskever is an eminence in the field of artificial intelligence with wide recognition for his contributions to the field of deep learning and the development of artificial neural networks.
This researcher is in the news again for his talk TED recently released, despite having been recorded on October 17, 2023. Days before Sam’s departure.
During his speech he explored the potential of artificial general intelligence, highlighting how it could surpass human intelligence and profoundly transform all aspects of life and even his own, as he recounted how this technology impressed him since he was little.
“That’s how I discovered that it was an area where I could implement all my efforts,” he reflected. Sutskever after recounting the three reasons why artificial intelligence amazed him from an early age.
He confessed that he has always had a fascination for observing his surroundings and that when he discovered the AIhe thought “Wow, if we could build an intelligent computer, maybe we would learn something about ourselves, about our own consciousness.”
Sutskever, 37, added that as a teenager he understood that AI should have its own field of study.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Toronto. Subsequently, he completed his master’s and doctorate at the same university, under the advice of Geoffrey Hinton, one of the pioneers in the field of neural networks and deep learning. The last reason he mentioned was that he discovered that AI would have large-scale transformative potential if worked hard on it.
Although, in his TED speech he does not appeal to speak directly about Sam Altman, the video has generated intrigue when it was published this week when it was recorded a few days ago, revealing that something was happening inside the company.
Furthermore, it shows that there are several shortcomings that must be resolved soon, contrary to Altman, who decided to quickly deploy the development of ChatGPT.
The co-founder of OpenAI pointed out that AI is an unprecedented technology since “it will have the ability to improve itself,” and he also confessed that one of his motivations for creating OpenAI was precisely that reason.
Also, because I wanted to address the questions that oppose the AI In general, the “hard questions”, in addition to working with governments and to help them understand what is coming and prepare for it.
However, the scientist warns about the ethical and safety challenges that an AGI poses. The possibility of an AGI improving itself carries both opportunities and risks. Sutskever himself stated: “For every positive application of the AGI, there will be a negative one as well.”
After taking a brief tour in which he combined some autobiographical data with AI, Sutskever talked about how people view intelligent brains today.
He revealed that, like many users, he also notices the errors that a chatbot can generate. “You can clearly see that there are a lot of things it can’t do and that there are some strange loopholes,” he said.
However, he pointed out that this situation was about to change given that there are many researchers and engineers working to improve smart technologies every day to the point that “computers become smarter than us.”
Sutskever exemplifies it in the following way: “many of you may have had the experience of trying to go to a doctor and having to wait many months. And then when they finally get to see a doctor, they get very limited time with them. Furthermore, the doctor can only have a limited knowledge of all the knowledge that exists. And in the end, you receive a very large bill.”
“If you have an intelligent computer, a general AI, built to be a doctor, it will have complete and exhaustive knowledge of all the medical literature. It will have billions of hours of clinical experience. And it will always be available at an extremely low cost. When this happens, we will look back at the current healthcare system similar to how we look at 16th century dentistry,” she emphasized.
Currently, Sutskever is a famous AI researcher who hosts deep concerns about the dangers of advanced artificial intelligence. At least this is what the specialized portal Axios reveals, which assures that Sutskever participated and influenced the Board of Directors who was responsible for removing Altman from the leadership of the company, which operates the most popular chatbot in the world.
In fact, he would have convinced other management members to consider that the accelerated focus of the former CEO for the deployment and commercialization of AI, was Too risky.
OpenAI alleged that “Altman’s departure came after a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that was not consistently sincere in his communications with the board, which hindered his ability to exercise his responsibilities.”
The chief scientist showed regret for his participation in the process that ended Altman’s dismissal and unleashed a stir in the world of technology.
In fact, from your account xformerly Twitter, Sutskever noted:
“I deeply regret my participation in the board’s actions. I never intended to harm OpenAI. “I love everything we have built together and will do everything I can to bring the company together.”
Moments after the publication, new Microsoft executive Sam Altman cited the publication with a heartjust as he has done with all the workers who have expressed their support.