On a stop in London, the OpenAI CEO called for balanced regulation and warned of the risks of deepfake disinformation.
The excitement around the London arrival of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman was palpable from the queue that snaked its way around the University College London building ahead of his speech on Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds of eager-faced students and admirers of OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT had come here to watch the UK leg of Altman’s world tour, where he expects to travel to around 17 cities. This week, he has already visited Paris and Warsaw. Last week he was in Lagos. Next, he’s on to Munich.
But the queue was soundtracked by a small group of people who had traveled to loudly express their anxiety that AI is advancing too fast. “Sam Altman is willing to bet humanity on the hope of some sort of transhumanist utopia,” one protester shouted into a megaphone. Ben, another protester, who declined to share his surname in case it affects his job prospects, was also worried. “We’re particularly concerned about the development of future AI models which might be existentially dangerous for the human race.”
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