In the recent upheaval at OpenAI, which led to Sam Altman's removal and the subsequent return has brought attention to a mysterious software named Q Star (Q*), as it became the center of the controversy, hinting at a potential breakthrough in the development of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).
So What Exactly Is AGI?
AGI, or Artificial General Intelligence, goes beyond specialised language models like ChatGPT.
It encompasses software that thinks and evolves like humans, displaying cognitive abilities and the potential to outperform humans in various tasks.
AGI could significantly impact humanity if successful, offering new capabilities and potentially disrupting the global economy.
Enter Q Star
Q Star is speculated to be a breakthrough in AGI development.
Although OpenAI has not officially confirmed its capabilities, reports suggest it excels at solving grade school-level mathematical questions, showcasing reasoning abilities akin to human intelligence.
This sets Q Star apart, as most AI models focus on tasks like writing and translation.
Why The Controversy?
Researchers have expressed concerns about Q Star's potential threat to humanity, cautioning against the "over-commercialisation" of AI capabilities without a complete understanding of their consequences.
Earlier, The letter to OpenAI's board raised ethical considerations and the need for responsible development.
While no company has officially claimed to be developing AGI, reports indicate that Amazon might be exploring this frontier.
The alleged plans involve building foundational models, AGI conversational assistants, and related infrastructure services.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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