Sam Altman is 38 years old, born in Chicago, a brilliant computer scientist and the creator of ChatGpt, the most advanced artificial language model. But not only. He is among the co-founders and current CEO of “Open AI”, the non-profit company that turns over a billion dollars a year, the beacon that sheds light on the future of the sector, still to be explored, of artificial intelligence conversational. Altman was the special guest on the first day of the “Italian Tech Week” in Turin, the most important Italian event dedicated to innovation.
The risks of artificial intelligence
Connecting from San Francisco, the entrepreneur responded to a series of questions that the public and specialized journalists asked him. Starting from the risks that AI can bring: “I don’t think that current models are so dangerous – Altman begins his reasoning – I instead think that over-standardization of the sector would be a shame, because it would limit its development. What what happens in open source is surprising and should not be blocked. Risks certainly exist – admits Altman – and today they are linked above all to disinformation, but it is for future models that greater attention will need to be paid, for example for cyber attacks and biological weapons. These are real risks, but future models will have another scope.”
“Learn quickly and more effectively”
Then the father of Chat Gpt focuses on the opportunities that artificial intelligence is offering and will offer “first of all in the field of Education. Because there is the possibility of learning very quickly and more effectively, thanks to AI. In the next decade I see tools that will work with teachers. But also in the field of health and therapies, big steps forward will be made. In short, in my opinion, we will see improvements in productivity in many sectors.”
“Everything will change”
Sam Altman, who had the ability to see a future that others couldn’t even imagine, was asked several times from the stage to predict the world to come. As if he were a little further ahead and from his vantage point could see around the corner and beyond the horizon. He defends himself and glides, but gives them some glimpses. And so, on the potential of artificial intelligence he replies: “I think everything will change. In the end we will need to understand what will still have value and what will not. It will be a general change, it will be one of the strongest economic booms in history and this will certainly be very positive. It is difficult to say – continues Altman – whether the world GDP will double or triple, just as it is difficult to know what value money will have in the world of superintelligence, but I believe that the quality of men’s lives will improve a lot”.
“New possibilities for creatives”
Finally, Altman also dedicates a passage to professional creatives; to Hollywood screenwriters who also went on strike due to the damage that artificial intelligence has caused and could still cause to their work and more broadly to all those who base their profession on imagination and inventiveness: “We want to create models in which we pay people – he reassures – so that everyone can benefit from technology. However, I am convinced that generative AI will guarantee new possibilities for creatives. And in some cases it could be even better. Men are asked for genius, of this we will always need.”