Artificial intelligence powerhouse OpenAI is on to something big, man. They’re talking about a future where AI is not just superhuman, but a tool that we can actually use. And to get there, they’re working on something called alignment.
Now, what the hell does that mean, you might be asking? Well, basically they’re trying to make sure that these super intelligent AI systems operate in line with our human rules and values. And they’ve just come out with some new research that lays out a whole new way to get this done, which they’re calling superalignment.
The idea here is to guarantee that AI, that’s way smarter than us, can still work according to our values and intentions. But the real challenge is, how the hell do us puny humans supervise an AI that’s way smarter than us without things going off the rails?
According to OpenAI’s researchers, relative to these superhuman AI models, we’re weak supervisors. So, how the heck can we trust and control these way stronger models? Well, the answer, they say, is to use AI itself.
In their groundbreaking study, the superalignment team shows how a smaller AI model can effectively supervise a larger model. This is a whole new way to tackle the problem of aligning and controlling advanced AI systems, while also pushing them forward. But we’re gonna need a whole lot more research and testing to make sure this protocol will work on AI that doesn’t even exist yet.
OpenAI believes that superintelligence could be developed within the next ten years, but we still don’t know how to reliably steer and control these superhuman AI systems. And solving this problem is absolutely crucial to making sure that even the most advanced AI systems in the future remain safe and beneficial to humanity.