🔍 OpenAI safety shift

🔥 Leike: OpenAI's loss, Anthropic's gain

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Wednesday’s top story: OpenAI has announced a new safety committee, designed to advise the board on key AI safety decisions.

🌤️ This Morning on AI Tool Report

  1. 🔍 OpenAI's safety shift unveiled

  2. 🔥 Leike: OpenAI's loss, Anthropic's gain?

  3. 🤖 Meta vs Musk: AI talent war

  4. Google adds AI to Chromebooks

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OpenAI's safety shift unveiled

Our Report: OpenAI has announced a new safety and security committee that will advise the board of directors on “critical safety and security decisions” for its projects and operations.

🔑 Key Points:

  • Over the next 90 days, the committee will evaluate OpenAI’s processes and safeguards and present their findings and recommendations to the board, which will decide how to proceed.

  • The committee comprises CEO, Sam Altman, three board members (including Bret Taylor), and other internal technical and policy experts, with no external observers.

  • The committee formation comes after OpenAI recently lost several safety-focused employees over concerns about the leadership de-prioritization of safety over ‘shiny products.’

🤔 Why you should care: OpenAI has chosen to fill its safety and security committee with key company insiders, leading to concerns about whether it will actually address these former employees' concerns, and start prioritizing safety.

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Leike: OpenAI's loss, Anthropic's gain?

Our Report: Following OpenAI’s new safety team announcement, former OpenAI researcher and co-lead of the—now dissolved—Superalignement safety team, Jan Leike (who quit the company last week over “safety concerns”), has publicized that he’s joined OpenAI rival, Anthropic.

🔑 Key Points:

  • Leike’s work at OpenAI seems to align with his new role at Anthropic, as he’s tasked with ensuring that the AI systems Anthropic develops are aligned with human values.

  • His key areas of research include “scalable oversight” (which is finding ways to control large-scale AI behavior), “weak-to-strong generalization,” and automated alignment research.

  • He will report to Anthropic’s Chief Science Officer—Jared Kaplan—and will lead Anthropic’s existing team of researchers, currently working on scalable oversight techniques.

🤔 Why you should care: Anthropic was co-founded by ex-OpenAI employees, who quit over OpenAI’s deviation from its original mission to develop safe and ethical AI in favor of finding commercial success, which also aligns with Leike’s reasons for resigning.

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🤖 Meta vs Musk: AI talent war

Our Report: After securing $6B in Series B funding, Musk has taken to X (formerly known as Twitter) to recruit technical staff to join his AI start-up (xAI), but potential employees have been warned off by Meta’s Chief AI Scientist.

🔑 Key Points: 

  • Musk's recruitment drive has been blasted by Meta’s Chief AI Scientist (Yan LeCun), who has criticized the culture Musk has created at xAI and his other companies, including X and Tesla.

  • He states that Musk will “spew crazy-ass conspiracy theories”, put his employees under immense pressure, and often claim that his AI projects will “kill everyone and must be stopped.” 

  • LeCun and Musk have been publically feuding since 2017, with LeCun regularly slamming Musk for his belief that AI will “take over the world and permanently destroy jobs”, calling it “preposterously ridiculous.”

🤔 Why you should care: LeCun’s strong warning to potential xAI employees comes as the battle to recruit AI talent intensifies, with tech giants—like Meta, Google, and OpenAI—going to great lengths to recruit new talent, including directly contacting workers at rival companies, huge compensation, and unbeatable counter-offers.


 Google adds AI to Chromebooks

Our Report: Google has announced it’s bringing Gemini and AI features to its Chromebook Plus laptops.

🔑 Key Points:

  • Chromebook Plus laptop users will get AI features including Google’s “Help Me Write” tool which generates text from prompts or changes the tone of existing text.

  • Users will also be able to make custom wallpaper using AI (in line with the Pixel device AI wallpaper feature) which can also be used as backgrounds in video and call apps.

  • They will also get Google’s AI photo editing tool—Magic Editor—which allows users to move and resize objects in photos, and later this year, they’ll get document and PDF summarizations.

🤔 Why you should care: Google plans to release more Chromebook AI features this year, including the ‘Project Gameface’ feature which will let users control their Chromebook with face and gesture tracking.

🍔 Quick hits

  • Fintech firm, Klarna, has reportedly cut $10M from its advertising overheads, thanks to AI tools like DALL-E and Firefly.

  • French AI start-up, Mistral, is targeting US markets with its open-source AI models.

  • Microsoft has added a Copilot chatbot to its messaging app, Telegram, which lets users search, ask questions, and chat.

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