Do you really believe that Sam Altman was fired due to a lack of transparency? That is what the board of OpenAI is telling people. The official statement states, “not consistently being candid in his communications” is the reason for firing co-founder and former president Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, respectively. Sam Altman, prior to this incident, was really hinting towards something big in AI upcoming. Did OpenAI achieve AGI finally? And does it have anything to do with Sam Altman being fired?
It is chaos at OpenAI right now, with more than 700 members threatening resignation from the company if the board does not resign. After Sam Altman and Greg Brockman were ruthlessly dropped from the company, most of its employees almost went to war with the OpenAI board. One clear thing, though, is that firing two of the most influential people in the company over a Google Meet is a notorious feat. I am really sure that there were some discussions that the board wanted to avoid.
Some top large language models like ChatGPT, Bard, LLaMa, and Claude already perform a handful of functions that AGI can, but the success rate is still nowhere close to being called human level. But when a fully functional AGI is built, without a doubt, it will be a problem for humans, too. But so is every change.
The current OpenAI and Sam Altman situation is a big sidepiece to the story “Did OpenAI achieve AGI?”. Dive in further to find out.
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Did OpenAI Achieve AGI?
Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, after all this ruckus, got hired at Microsoft immediately, motivating other employees to start a movement as well. Microsoft, by the way, can be declared the definite winner of this whole situation. All this OpenAI drama was caused because OpenAI achieved AGI or because there is some information that the board could not get out of Sam Altman.
The only statement that was publicly given by the board of OpenAI behind this escapade was “breakdown in communications.” But the fact that 700+ employees of such a decorated company are ready to abandon it is a huge red flag for the board members. This framework very clearly points to the fact that the breakdown in communications referred to by the OpenAI board did not exist among the rest of the company.
Nothing regarding AGI is stated by any parties involved in the current OpenAI drama. However, the mission statement of OpenAI is straightforward about their goal to achieve AGI. So, if Sam Altman actually helped OpenAI achieve AGI, then why would the board fire him? That, too, is in such a time when OpenAI is shining over the news for its innovations.
Could it be for profit reasons? The company will get more profit if they just drag the release of AGI, assuming they have achieved it like saving best for the last. Or it could be because Sam Altman was hiding one or two factors about the progress of their secret new innovation. Moreover, there is no news about any upcoming product, but Greg Brockman and Sam Altman both hinted in their interviews about something new that they are working on. In fact, even in his last tweet, Greg Brockman comforts their supporters about Sam and Greg’s well-being and later again points towards “Greater Things Coming Soon”.
In any case, one thing we can be sure about is that the OpenAI board has left the general public and their own employees ambiguous. Even the majority of employees threatening resignation is not enough for the board to reverse its trashy decision to fire its top players in the name of transparency.
In any case, one thing we can be sure about is that the OpenAI board has left the general public and their own team clueless and confused. Even the majority of employees threatening resignation is not enough for the board to reverse its trashy decision to fire its top players in the name of transparency. Whether OpenAI has achieved AGI or not is a mystery right now. But there is a perfect chance of this being true.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Did OpenAI achieve AGI?
Nothing can be said to be sure, but there are reasons to believe that Sam Altman might have stumbled upon something extraordinary.
Q2. What is AGI?
AGI, also known as Artificial General Intelligence, refers to the level of AI where it is capable of executing human-level tasks and abilities successfully.
Q3. Has AGI Ever Been Achieved?
Even though some large language models can perform the same functions as AGI, still no AI’s yet can do what AGI is supposed to do, especially with the success rate expected from AGI.