On Tuesday, OpenAI unveiled a new and more potent version of its artificial intelligence-based chatbot, ChatGPT. According to the company’s co-founder, Sam Altman, the latest iteration of the technology is the “most capable and aligned model yet,” with the added ability to process images in addition to text.
However, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk was unimpressed by the announcement, expressing worries about the potential impact of AI on the labor market in the future. Mr. Musk’s comments were made in response to a tweet about ChatGPT-4 performing well on various exams.
“What will be left for us humans to do? We better get a move on with Neuralink,” Mr Musk said in his tweet.
Neuralink is a company founded by Mr Musk in 2016 which develops chips that can be implanted into human being’s brains. According to its website, its initial goal is to help people with paralysis regain independence through the control of computers and mobile devices. Neuralink has also claimed that the technology could cure brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Mr Musk has been a vocal critic of AI, warning about the potential dangers of creating artificial intelligence that is more intelligent than humans. He has also called for greater regulation and oversight of AI development.
One Twitter user posted an optimistic view, stating that “fewer than 2% of the jobs that ever existed still exist. Remember when ‘computer’ was a job title? Humans will always find something to do.”
Others offered a spiritual answer, suggesting that we focus on enjoying life, expressing creativity, and expanding consciousness. Despite these perspectives, Elon Musk has been actively involved in his own AI-related projects.
In recent weeks, the Tesla CEO appeared to confirm via Twitter that he is recruiting a team of AI technologists to develop a competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, as well as similar systems being developed by Microsoft, Google’s Alphabet, Meta Platforms, and other major technology companies.