- May 29, 2023
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Sam Altman's weekend of shock and drama began a year ago, with the release of ChatGPT.
Anticipating the arrival of this all-powerful technology, Sutskever began to behave like a spiritual leader, three employees who worked with him told us. His constant, enthusiastic refrain was "feel the AGI," a reference to the idea that the company was on the cusp of its ultimate goal. At OpenAI's 2022 holiday party, held at the California Academy of Sciences, Sutskever led employees in a chant: "Feel the AGI! Feel the AGI!" The phrase itself was popular enough that OpenAI employees created a special "Feel the AGI" reaction emoji in Slack.
The more confident Sutskever grew about the power of OpenAI's technology, the more he also allied himself with the existential-risk faction within the company. For a leadership offsite this year, according to two people familiar with the event, Sutskever commissioned a wooden effigy from a local artist that was intended to represent an "unaligned" AI—that is, one that does not meet a human's objectives. He set it on fire to symbolize OpenAI's commitment to its founding principles.
FEEL THE AGI! FEEL THE AGI! FEEL THE AGI!!!
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