OpenAI forms new team to assess ‘catastrophic risks’ of AI

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OpenAI is forming a new team to mitigate the “catastrophic risks” associated with AI. In an update on Thursday, OpenAI says the preparedness team will “track, evaluate, forecast, and protect” against potentially major issues caused by AI, including nuclear threats.

The team will also work to mitigate “chemical, biological, and radiological threats,” as well as “autonomous replication,” or the act of an AI replicating itself. Some other risks that the preparedness team will address include AI’s ability to trick humans, as well as cybersecurity threats.

“We believe that frontier AI models, which will exceed the capabilities currently present in the most advanced existing models, have the potential to benefit all of humanity,” OpenAI...

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