sam altman

sam altman

intro’d to Sam via open ai announcements.. ie:

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Essentially, OpenAI is a research lab meant to counteract large corporations who may gain too much power by owning super-intelligence systems devoted to profits, as well as governments which may use AI to gain power and even oppress their citizenry.


Elon – we were just thinking, “Is there some way to insure, or increase, the probability that AI would develop in a beneficial way?”


mar 2015 – what bubble – interview

3rd tech revolution: 1\ agricultural 2\ industrial and now 3\software

income inequality biggest problem we’ll face…

we have to fix this..

..wealth inequality


find/follow Sam:

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Samuel H. “Sam” Altman (born April 22, 1985) is an entrepreneur, programmer, venture capitalist and blogger. He is the President of Y Combinator and co-chairman of OpenAI.


augmenting interdependence..
please try this [for blank’s sake]:
a means to model how 7 billion people could leapfrog to a nother way to live.
we can.

we can’t not.


from y combinator page (quotes from wikipedia)

In the summer of 2014, Sam Altman became president of Y Combinator.

Sam Altman


YC Research

YC Research labs was announced in October 2015. Its a nonprofit research lab that Sam Altman donated $10 million personally to get started. Researches will be paid as full time employees and can receive equity in the company as compensation as well. OpenAI is the first supported group with more groups and efforts to be announced in the future

open ai

OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company. Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.


let’s do this firstfree art-ists.


on this day..

Wow. This is awesome, and honestly, a little unexpected from @ycombinator. “A 5-year study of Basic Income.”

We’re going to try something new—our first Request For Research.

We’d like to fund a study on basic income—i.e., giving people enough money to live on with no strings attached.  I’ve been intrigued by the idea for a while, and although there’s been a lot of discussion, there’s fairly little data about how it would work.
It’s true that we have systems in place to give people resources, but the bureaucracy and qualification requirements make it a very imperfect approximation of what most people mean when talking about a basic income.  We have some examples of something close to a basic income in other countries, but we’d like to see how it would work in the US.
Our idea is to give a basic income to a group of people in the US for a 5 year period, though we’re flexible on that and all aspects of the project—we are far from experts on this kind of research.  We’d be especially interested in a combination of selecting people at random, and selecting people who are driven and talented but come from poor backgrounds.  We’re open to doing this in either one geographic area, or nationally distributed.
If you’re interested in running this project, please apply by February 15th.

here’s hoping they’re looking for a change rather than just a report..

a nother way via short bp .. for (blank)’s sake

ie: 1 yr to try commons ness… basic income ness.. radical econ ness..


@Diplateevo “@sama what do you hope to learn from the basic income research? What’s in it …” #asksama answer in 🎥👇

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@FrancescoSTL@sama do you think social injustice could be handled differently using tech…” #asksama answer in 🎥👇

@FaraazNishtar@sama In the basic income experiment people wil know they have to work in …” #asksama answer in 🎥👇

sam’s response in video: we’re thinking about changing the experiment in some way because of that .. a number of people pointed it out.. i’m not sure if we will.. but at least were aware of it..

might i suggest, the experiment/research:

1\ doesn’t need to be 5 yrs.. if it works.. it will work in 1 yr

people could be set up with current jobs as sabbatical if need be so not worried about that.. the key is a space.. with enough people.. not thinking about money…

it doesn’t matter how many years you do it.. if you’re doing it wrong.. ie: not deep/systemic enough

2\ needs to be deeper than basic income

people have researched/experimented with basic income in the past – showing both positive results (which most haven’t paid attention to) and not so positive results (because the experiment wasn’t systemic enough for change)


feb 2016

The main accelerator had started to see more companies that were already functioning, instead of the “two people with an idea” companies that characterized its early years.

“That’s something that we worry about because historically companies like Facebook or Microsoft start off in a pretty primitive state. Obviously we’re worried about missing those companies,” Buchheit says.


Its first research nonprofit is Open AI, or researching how AI can grow without presenting a threat. Another research area that the group wants to tackle is basic income.


1) Never put your family, friends, or significant other low on your priority list.  Prefer a handful of truly close friends to a hundred acquaintances.  Don’t lose touch with old friends.  Occasionally stay up until the sun rises talking to people.  Have parties.

2) Life is not a dress rehearsal—this is probably it.

3) How to succeed: pick the right thing to do (this is critical and usually ignored)

16) Ask for what you want.

let’s give this a go sam.. a nother way


interviewed by his brother jack:

This is really hard. Finding your tribe, finding the sort of people that you end up working with on and off for the rest of your career is really hard. I think…I’ll tell you some things I’ve learned and I will admit that I don’t have the perfect answer to this yet, but I think one thing is you should be willing to move.

find tribe.. huge

also huge.. on the move part.. willing to move/change mind/tribe.. daily.. ie: we overrate commitment.. log it in with supposed to’s.. and so end up w/less energy/drive.. because we’ve compromised our whimsy/curiosity/soul for a commitment to some static ness


you really have to have a deep-seated personal conviction that this thing you’re going to do that a lot of people say is really stupid is going to work and going to be important


if you don’t actually believe what you’re doing is really important, if you don’t derive satisfaction from what you’re doing,then you will not be able to sustain all of the bad things that happen in the incredibly long period of time that the bad things happen over… and an intense belief that it matters


i have infinite energy to work on things i find interesting


Being young and unknown and poor, that is actually a great gift in terms of the amount of risk you can take and I think people don’t capitalize on that enough. I think what risk actually looks like is not doing something that you will then spend the rest of your life regretting.


ask for what you want. You will get told no a lot, but sometimes it will work. ..I think you being willing to ask for what you want and be somewhat aggressive are really important characteristics

cc Sam – short bp

give equity/humanity a chance we haven’t yet given it..

ie: hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data.. as the day



What I Heard From Trump Supporters:…

your curiosity if sincere is the very rare exception to the rule..

facil curiosity of 7bn

give us a better option

a nother way


gpt 3

The GPT-3 hype is way too much. It’s impressive (thanks for the nice compliments!) but it still has serious weaknesses and sometimes makes very silly mistakes. AI is going to change the world, but GPT-3 is just a very early glimpse. We have a lot still to figure out.

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spinning wheels (not changing world) until we let go of intelligence ness

‘seen advances in every aspect of lives except our humanity‘– Mufleh

let’s focus on interconnectedness

‘when understand interconnectedness..makes you more afraid of hating than of dying’– @BobThurman

@danielbigham One thing I’ve updated towards thinking is that the Turing test is less interesting than it seems. A big moment for me will be when AI can prove a new mathematical theorem.

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how about the calculus of our integrals.. ai humanity needs: augmenting interconnectedness.. (not intellect)

Informative overview by @strwbilly about @OpenAI’s just-released freestyle text generator, GPT-3.

Examples of where it impresses (it can “build” a web page!) and where it doesn’t (there’s no way it could have written, say, an article like this without copying and pasting it).

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