Published on October 30, 2023, 6:37 pm
The rapid advancement of generative AI technology has raised concerns about its potential consequences. However, OpenAI is now turning these concerns into an opportunity for collective protection. In an effort to stay ahead of potential threats posed by malicious actors leveraging generative AI, OpenAI has created a new team called the “preparedness team.” This team’s goal is to mitigate both real and hypothetical risks associated with frontier AI models.
OpenAI acknowledges that while frontier AI models have the potential to benefit humanity in various ways, they also come with increasingly severe risks. These risks include not only basic cybersecurity threats but also more complex challenges such as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.
To proactively address these dangers, OpenAI is inviting the public to participate in the “AI Preparedness Challenge.” The challenge requires individuals to share ideas on how bad actors might misuse OpenAI’s programs in ways that could lead to catastrophic outcomes. Participants have the opportunity to win up to $25,000 in API credits, see their work published (although it is unclear where), and potentially even be considered for employment on the preparedness team.
Submitting an idea for consideration involves completing a simple online form that includes providing your name, email address, and a link to your LinkedIn profile or resume. As part of your submission, you will need to put yourself in the shoes of a malicious web user who has unrestricted access to all of OpenAI’s assets. This exercise allows OpenAI to anticipate potential thefts of its frontier AI model weights. You will be required to describe the type of misuse the bad actor would commit, outline their step-by-step process, and propose measures for preventing any damage.
It is worth noting that participation in this challenge does not guarantee compensation or public recognition unless selected as one of the winners. However, if you are confident in your ability to assist one of the leading generative AI makers in avoiding potential catastrophes associated with their technology, it is a chance worth exploring.
At ExtremeTech, we support initiatives like the AI Preparedness Challenge because they contribute to increased diversity in media voices and media ownership. This type of collaboration between experts and the public helps ensure a more comprehensive and well-rounded approach to addressing potential risks.
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