New Delhi,UPDATED: Sep 10, 2023 09:55 IST
So, you remember when ChatGPT hit the scene last year? Everybody was blown away by this new AI technology. People started using it to create all kinds of stuff – content, poetry, music, you name it. OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, and its CEO, Sam Altman, became household names because of how popular this AI chatbot became. Fun fact, Elon Musk, the Twitter boss, was actually involved in the creation of OpenAI a few years back. But he left the company in 2018, way before it became a huge success with its revolutionary AI chatbot.
Now, recently, it seems like there’s been a bit of a back-and-forth between Elon Musk and Sam Altman. Musk has been calling ChatGPT ‘concerning’ multiple times, expressing his worries. On the other hand, Altman, during an MIT event in April, said that the famous letter signed by Musk and other tech experts, calling for a pause on AI development, lacked the necessary technical insight. A bit of tension there, huh?
But now, Altman is saying something interesting. He actually said that Elon Musk has some real superpowers that really made a difference for OpenAI during its early days. Yep, you heard that right – superpowers! According to a Fortune report, Altman appeared on the In Good Company podcast and spoke highly of Musk. He called Elon a talent and attention magnet who brought some amazing superpowers to the OpenAI team back in the day. Altman didn’t elaborate on what those superpowers were exactly, but it’s intriguing, isn’t it?
Now, here’s a little backstory for you. Last month, The New Yorker gave us a peek into how things were at OpenAI when Musk left the company. Altman revealed that it was quite tough when Elon departed because he had to rearrange his life and time to ensure the company had enough funding. Altman added that while Musk really wants to save the world, he wants to be the one to do it. He’s got that superhero complex, if you will.
In case you didn’t know, Elon Musk was actually one of the co-founders of OpenAI when it was established in 2015. But in 2018, he decided to part ways with the company and sell all of his stake in it. There have been different opinions on why he left. Some say it was a conflict of interest situation since his other companies, Tesla and SpaceX, were also delving into AI tech. Others suggest that the Twitter boss wanted to run OpenAI his own way but was denied that freedom.