Sam Altman, CEO of Open AI — WikiCC

We Need To Talk About OpenAI

When Edward Snowden expresses concerns, we should listen.

Will Lockett
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4 min readJun 19, 2024

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Remember Edward Snowden? The guy who had to flee to Russia for exposing how horrific the NSA was? Well, in a tweet (xeet?), he recently said, “Do not ever trust OpenAI or its products.” But it’s not just him ringing the alarm bells over the AI company; ex-board members are coming forward with deeply worrying tales about its CEO, Sam Altman, and the terrifying approach the company is taking. So, I think it is time to talk about OpenAI.

Let’s start with what prompted Snowden to post his warning: OpenAI’s appointment of former NSA head and retired U.S. Army Gen. Paul Nakasone to its new safety and security committee. You see, OpenAI former board member Leopold Aschenbrenner was recently fired for sending an internal memo detailing a “major security incident” as well as how the company’s security is “egregiously insufficient” to protect against theft by foreign actors. Shortly after, OpenAI’s superalignment team, which was focused on developing AI systems compatible with human interests, disbanded after two prominent safety researchers quit, with one of them expressing that within OpenAI, “safety culture and processes have taken a backseat to shiny products.” This left OpenAI with no real safety lead and a massively tarnished data safety reputation, both of which are deeply…

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Will Lockett
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