Sam Altman Worries AI Could Go “Horribly Wrong”

Key Points:

  • Sam Altman expresses concerns about potential negative consequences of AI without ill intent.
  • Altman calls for an international regulatory body to oversee AI similar to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • Altman advocates for government guidelines on AI while also facing legal challenges in the industry.


OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has expressed concerns about potential consequences arising from the development of artificial intelligence (AI) during the World Governments Summit in Dubai. He warned that even without malicious intent, society could face subtle and mundane misalignments as AI systems become more prevalent.


Adding his voice to the growing call for AI regulation, Altman proposed the establishment of an international body akin to the International Atomic Energy Agency for nuclear power to oversee AI. Emphasizing the need for external regulation, he believes that self-regulation within the industry is insufficient.


Altman’s advocacy for AI regulation is not new, as he has urged governments, including the US Congress, to create guidelines for AI development. However, he has also clashed with regulations in Europe in the past, highlighting the complex relationship between tech companies and governmental oversight.


Despite ongoing legal challenges, such as copyright disputes related to generative AI technology, Altman remains optimistic about the future of AI. He believes that with time, AI technology will significantly improve and become a remarkable force in society.



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