Unattended Baggage Show Notes 11/25/2023
Episode #223: The Singularity Behind the Altman Drama
We dig deep into the “threat to humanity” breakthrough that shook the foundations of OpenAI..and possibly the world, Argentina’s new president is either a libertarian or a dictator, meet the woman who killed JFK, Dublin riots after mass stabbing, get ready for 44k hours of January 6, and every day is Turkey day for NYC Mayor Eric Adams.
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Bizarre OpenAI shakeup reveals fallout from major AGI breakthrough that terrified co-founder and board members
MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH: Altman was working on “alarmingly powerful” Q* AI
Exact breakthrough is unknown. Speculation is Test Time Compute and verification to solve complex math problems and increasing the model’s capability by 30X, and works essentially by using “verifiers” or separate models to simultaneously verify information the main model “guessed” at. The models then vote on the right answer. Once the verifiers agreed on the most likely correct answer, it could identify the process (chains of thought) on how the LLM got to that answer, and learn it. giving AI a much broader ability to reason, understand complex processes, and communicate them in language mode. This could be considered AGI. (NOTE: Much of this is speculation, pierced together from comments made by various people at OpenAI, and recently published scientific papers.)w
ChatGPT maker OpenAI fires Altman for “communication breakdown” – rumors that Altman lied to board about the breakthrough, but other employees – including OpenAI co-founder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever – went to the board to advise them of danger. Insiders report Altman was fired the board over AI safety concerns, because the board thought Q* was far too dangerous to develop, claiming it could “threaten humanity”, and that Altman tried to hid it from them.
505 other OpenAI employees, including co-founders Ilya Sutskever and Greg Brockman threaten to go to Microsoft – who says they’re all welcome
Microsoft clearly had major role in rebuilding the board, much more in the way they wanted it.
The team that was tasked with ensuring the safety of AI has been disbanded
All this happens just days after the US and China agreed to cooperate on AI development and deployment.
“Libertarian/Anarco-Capitalist” Milei wins in Argentina
Israeli strikes southern Gaza
Tearful Israeli hostages - including children and grandmother, 77, who terrorists previously claimed had died - take first steps of freedom as they are released by Hamas after 48 days in captivity | Daily Mail Online