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OpenAI starts training ‘next frontier’ artificial intelligence model, forms safety committee

OpenAI announced Tuesday that it has begun training an advanced artificial intelligence model that will be a successor to the proprietary GPT-4 system that the San Francisco startup currently uses to power its ChatGPT chatbot.

The Microsoft-backed company said in a blog post it hopes its “next frontier model” will bring “the next level of capability” as it works toward building artificial general intelligence — advanced technology with human-like capabilities.

OpenAI also announced that it is establishing a new Safety and Security Committee that will advise the full Board on key safety and security decisions regarding its projects and operations.

“We are proud to manufacture and launch models that lead the industry in both features and safety, but welcome robust discussion at this critical time,” the company said.

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The OpenAI logo can be seen in this illustration, taken on May 20, 2024. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters Photo)

According to the AI ​​startup, the committee’s first task will be to evaluate and further develop OpenAI’s processes and safeguards, and share recommendations at the end of a 90-day evaluation period.

The company said it would share any recommendations it adopts “in a manner consistent with safety and security.”

OpenAI Chat GPT

OpenAI’s ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence chatbot developed using reinforcement learning techniques from both machine and human feedback, and was released in November 2022. (Nicholas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

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The safety committee members include OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, Chairman Brett Taylor, and board members Adam D’Angelo and Nicole Seligman, along with four of the company’s technical and policy experts.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman

Sam Altman is CEO of OpenAI, a Microsoft-backed AI startup. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo/Reuters Photo)

Earlier this month, OpenAI unveiled its new GPT-40 model, which includes real-time conversation skills and other features.

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OpenAI is under pressure to grow the user base of ChatGPT, a popular chatbot product that has wowed the world with its ability to create human-like written content and top-notch software code. Shortly after its launch in late 2022, ChatGPT was called the fastest application in history to reach 100 million monthly active users.

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