OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says ChatGPT would have passed for an AGI 10 years ago


Artificial general intelligence is the big goal of OpenAI. What exactly that is, however, is still up for debate.

According to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, systems like GPT-4 or GPT-5 would have passed for AGI to “a lot of people” ten years ago. “Now people are like, well, you know, it’s like a nice little chatbot or whatever,” Altman said.

The phenomenon Altman describes has a name: It’s called the “AI effect,” and computer scientist Larry Tesler summed it up by saying, “AI is anything that has not been done yet.”

AGI definition needed within the next decade

The AI effect shows how difficult it is to define intelligence, and how the term is used differently in different contexts, such as behavior or cognition.



Altman doesn’t see this as a problem: “I think it’s great that the goalposts keep getting moved. It makes us work harder.”

However, the technology is approaching a stage that is at least close enough to OpenAI’s understanding of AGI that a definition will need to be agreed upon within the next decade if not sooner, Altman said.

OpenAI’s chief technology officer, Mira Murati, defines AGI as a system that can generalize and take over human work in many areas. Altman believes that AI will initially take over average services, but that human experts will continue to outperform machines in their fields.

Both OpenAI representatives see AI as the most important tool for human progress in the coming decades. They agree that AI could lead to major disruptions in the workforce. Preparing for these changes and engaging as many people as possible in the AI discussion is important, they say.

Altman added that AI systems are becoming increasingly personal. That is why people need to be aware that AI is a tool, not a person.


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