OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman, has disclosed that the company is currently not working on developing GPT-5, the next iteration of its advanced language model. In an interview with the Economic Times, Altman stated that there is still a significant amount of work to be done before they can begin working on GPT-5. He mentioned that it took them over six months after completing GPT-4 before they were ready to release it. Altman clarified that the delay is not a result of the open letter demanding a six-month halt on training AI systems, which was signed by notable figures like Elon Musk. He explained that they are focusing on developing the necessary ideas and innovations required for the next model but are not close to starting its development.
During his visit to India, Altman aims to build confidence in OpenAI’s AI chatbot, ChatGPT, among top leaders and lawmakers. His objective is to assure regulators that the company is prepared to cooperate and to encourage them to consider the potential threats posed by AI.
Altman expressed the importance of AI regulation but suggested that it should primarily focus on larger players in the industry. He clarified that OpenAI has explicitly stated that there should be no regulation imposed on smaller companies. Instead, they advocate for self-regulation and accountability within their own organization and for other major players in the AI field.
When discussing the impact of AI on jobs, Altman emphasized that every technological revolution brings about job changes. He believes that society can adapt to labor market transformations within two generations, and new jobs typically emerge that are often better than those replaced. Altman acknowledged that certain jobs may be replaced by AI, but he also highlighted the potential for new and improved jobs that are currently difficult to envision.
Regarding his perspective on overseeing technology as a ministry in a country like India, Altman suggested that India has an opportunity to play a significant role in shaping the global conversation on AI regulation. With the upcoming G20 summit, he believes India can contribute to discussions about what effective regulation in this domain might look like.
OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, has shared insights into the delay in GPT-5 development, emphasized the importance of cooperation, and expressed confidence in society’s ability to adapt to job changes brought about by AI.