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Marx’s Revenge: Sam Altman Says His OpenAI Tech Will “Break Capitalism”

The Byte | Noor Al-Sibai | Feb 3, 2023

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The CEO behind the record-breaking ChatGPT has a bit of a strange background, the TL;DR of which being that he once admitted to being a doomsday prepper who believes that killer artificial intelligence or a lab-modified virus could bring about the end of days.

  • Origins:  Altman, who is also the president of the uber-influential Y Combinator startup incubator, is one of only OG OpenAI cofounders still standing. The company's decision to go from more of a research vehicle to a for-profit venture in 2019 was somewhat overshadowed by his fellow cofounder Elon Musk's decision to leave the firm — over some seemingly huge disagreements about its direction.
  • General Intelligence AI:  While Altman doesn't think we're that close to AIs gaining consciousness — a belief that's not quite shared by fellow OG OpenAI-er Ilya Sutskever — he did tell Forbes that creating AGI is "the thrust that drives all my actions" and, it seems, his raison d'etre for the firm.

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Sam Altman:

"I think capitalism is awesome. I love capitalism.  Of all of the bad systems the world has, it's the best one — or the least bad one we found so far. I hope we find a way better one.  I think that if AGI really truly fully happens," he continued, "I can imagine all these ways that it breaks capitalism."

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