Sam Altman isn’t losing sleep over the idea that AI will drastically alter our lives and jobs. Instead, he’s more concerned about how quickly the world needs to catch up with these changes.
In a recent episode of Bill Gates’ podcast, “Unconfuse Me,” the OpenAI CEO shared his thoughts on AI, stressing that it will set off the fastest technological revolution in human history.
Altman pointed out that while humanity has proven adaptable to significant technological shifts over generations, the speed of this impending revolution raises concerns about society’s ability to keep pace and the swift transformation of the job market.
Altman clarified that it’s not our adaptability that troubles him; rather, it’s the unprecedented speed of technological change.
He acknowledged historical shifts but underlined that AI is poised to outpace them all. The rapid adjustments required by society and the job market are what he finds a bit disconcerting.
The impact of AI on jobs is already evident, with companies citing AI-driven efficiencies as reasons for layoffs in 2023 and 2024.
Altman has previously expressed his worries about AI, confessing that he loses sleep over the hypothetical idea that launching technologies like ChatGPT might have unintended negative consequences.
He emphasized the complexity of AI development and the possibility of crucial aspects being overlooked during the creation of tools like ChatGPT.