OpenAI creates oversight team with Sam Altman on board, begins training new model


OpenAI CEO Sam Altman speaks during the Microsoft Build conference at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, on May 21, 2024. 

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OpenAI on Tuesday said it created a Safety and Security Committee led by senior executives, after disbanding its previous oversight board in mid-May.

The new committee will be responsible for making recommendations to OpenAI’s board “on critical safety and security decisions for OpenAI projects and operations,” the company said.

It comes as the developer of the ChatGPT virtual assistant announced it has begun training its “next frontier model.”

The firm said in a blog post that it anticipates the “resulting systems to bring us to the next level of capabilities on our path to AGI,” or artificial general intelligence — which relates to AI that is as smart or smarter than humans. 

The formation of a new oversight team comes after OpenAI dissolved a previous team that was focused on the long-term risks of AI. Prior to that, both team leaders, OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever and Jan Leike, announced their departures from the Microsoft-backed startup.

– CNBC’s Hayden Field contributed to this report.

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