The huge mess with Sam Altman and OpenAI, the company that brought us the famous ChatGPT, has been the talk of the town in Silicon Valley lately. What a surprise the firing and return of the boss in such a short time! But while everyone was in this back and forth, it seems that a super interesting fact passed under the radar.
According to Reuters gossip, just before all this commotion, Altman told the OpenAI board that the team led by Ilya Sutskever, the AI brain there, had made an amazing breakthrough. What is it about? Well, it turns out that they are carrying a new toy in the laboratory, something called Q* (Q-Star), an artificial intelligence model that can solve math problems like a primary or secondary school student would do on their own! Can you imagine?
Now, it may not sound like much to some, but this is a huge leap in the world of artificial intelligence. Look, tools like ChatGPT are very good at putting together words and texts from a lot of data, but they can’t reason or solve math problems or things like that. On the other hand, it seems that this Q* could.
The strangest thing is that they say that this breakthrough, although it is not entirely clear whether it has anything to do with it or not, would have been one of the reasons for Altman’s firing. The company is in the midst of a kind of internal crisis about its direction: it was born as a non-profit organization to research artificial intelligence in a safe way, but with Altman, it has gone more towards a more business-like side.
And it is not for nothing, the idea of having an artificial intelligence that reasons like a human being have many people frowning for ethical reasons. There are those who think that Altman, more focused on making money, was not the best option to carry out such a development.
Now, Reuters first said that this rumor of the breakthrough was part of the move to get Altman fired, but then they changed their minds. And the truth is, they don’t have access to Altman’s statement or the company’s internal sources, so we’re in a kind of mystery here.
But several experts in the field believe that this OpenAI breakthrough is something quite believable. Even Altman, at an event before all this mess, dropped a hint about a recent discovery at OpenAI. Microsoft was about to become the owner of Sam’s team and now they have just announced that Altman must be returned to his position at OpenAI! What a story these artificial intelligence people are bringing like a science fiction movie! And can anyone think about the feelings of the investors?