In a recent interview, OpenAI co-founder and president Greg Brockman responded to criticisms about ChatGPT from Elon Musk. The Twitter CEO had criticized ChatGPT for its alleged political bias, describing the artificial intelligence chatbot as “too woke.”
ChatGPT broke through mainstream internet users due to its detailed responses and articulate answers to inquiries. Inasmuch as the chatbot was extremely compelling, however, updates to the system have resulted in criticism from users about the chatbot’s alleged political bias.
Among the critics was Elon Musk, who, interestingly enough, is also an OpenAI co-founder who has since severed ties with the startup. Last month alone, Musk noted that ChatGPT’s political bias is a “serious concern” after screenshots were shared on Twitter showing the chatbot refusing to write a positive poem about former US President Donald Trump but accepting a similar request for current US President Joe Biden.
During an interview with The Information, the ChatGPT co-founder and president admitted that OpenAI made a mistake. He also noted that considering the company’s response to the issues that have been brought up about the chatbot, the OpenAI deserves some legitimate criticism.
“We made a mistake: The system we implemented did not reflect the values we intended to be in there. And I think we were not fast enough to address that. And so I think that’s a legitimate criticism of us,” Brockman said. He also highlighted that OpenAI seeks to roll out an AI that is not biased in any way. Brockman acknowledged, however, that the startup is still some distance away from this goal.
“Our goal is not to have an AI that is biased in any particular direction. We want the default personality of OpenAI to be one that treats all sides equally. Exactly what that means is hard to operationalize, and I think we’re not quite there,” he said.