May 29, 2024 - Technology

OpenAI adds safety group ahead of new model

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OpenAI is establishing a new safety committee as it begins training its next big AI model.

Why it matters: The buzzy AI startup has seen a number of key departures in recent weeks, with several employees complaining that it has not been devoting promised safety resources.

Driving the news: OpenAI's new safety and security committee will be led by outside chairman Bret Taylor, along with board members Adam D'Angelo, Nicole Seligman and Sam Altman.

  • The group's first task: Evaluate and improve OpenAI's processes and safeguards over the next 90 days.
  • It plans to retain and consult with a range of outside safety and security experts.

Yes, but: The new committee is advisory, with the ability to make recommendations to the board.

OpenAI also confirmed that it has started training its next big large language model.

  • CTO Mira Murati told Axios earlier this month that a major update to the company's underlying model is due to be unveiled later this year.

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