Edward Snowden accuses OpenAI of engaging in widespread espionage – rts.ch

Edward Snowden accuses OpenAI of engaging in widespread espionage – rts.ch
Edward Snowden accuses OpenAI of engaging in widespread espionage – rts.ch

OpenAI and its flagship product ChatGPT are increasingly taking up space in our personal and professional lives. But this dazzling success was accompanied by notable internal turbulence after the departure of one of its founders and several senior executives, unhappy with the company’s priorities.

The criticism is aimed directly at Sam Altman, the current big boss of OpenAi, accused of prioritizing the financial profitability of ChatGPT to the detriment of the security of its users.

In an attempt to restore trust, OpenAI recently named a new board member: Gen. Paul Nakasone, a former U.S. Army general.

Who is General Paul Nakasone?

The retired general is a prominent figure in cybersecurity. Its task will be to ensure the protection of computers which make it possible to develop new generative AI models, but also to fight against ChatGPT hacking and to protect the data entrusted by OpenAI users.

Retired General Paul Nakasone is a prominent figure in cybersecurity. [KEYSTONE – MARIAM ZUHAIB]

But the retired general is also the founder of the US cyber command which leads all the US army’s operations in cyberspace. He is also the former head of the NSA, the national security agency.

Edward Snowden is very critical

However, the arrival of a former head of the NSA, close to the army, within OpenAI was strongly criticized. Starting with whistleblower Edward Snowden, who today lives in exile in Russia. According to him, we can no longer trust OpenAi or its derivative products, such as ChatGPT.

“They have completely removed their mask: never trust OpenAI or its products,” he wrote on his X account. “There is only one reason to appoint a director of the NSA to the board: this is a deliberate and calculated betrayal of the rights of every person on the planet,” he added.

The American whistleblower sees the evolution of this tool as a deliberate and calculated betrayal of individual rights, potentially leading to a tool of mass surveillance.

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A trustworthy tool?

Today, ChatGPT has tens of millions of users every day. These users share a considerable amount of information, sometimes intimate and sensitive.

Additionally, some companies treat AI as a full employee, giving it access to ultra-confidential data.

These concerns come against a backdrop where OpenAI’s transparency is already in doubt. It is unclear what data was used to train ChatGPT and whether it was obtained legally.

Status change

The company’s governance also raises questions: after being briefly ousted last November, Sam Altman was reinstated as head of the company and plans to transform OpenAI into a private company.

Initially founded as an association aimed at promoting and developing artificial intelligence for the benefit of humanity, OpenAI changed its status in 2019 to attract investors. But this transition to a for-profit structure appears to have altered its original objectives.

>> Read also: Sam Altman rejoins OpenAI board of directors

Radio subject: Pascal Wassmer

Web text: hkr

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