We write to you as concerned individuals from various parts of the world, united in our interest in the future and wellbeing of people in the face of rapidly advancing artificial intelligence technologies. This letter, expressing diverse perspectives from around the globe, is not just a request but a solemn appeal grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, OpenAI’s own charter, and the broader ethical considerations of AI safety and alignment.
OpenAI’s mission – to ensure that artificial general intelligence (AGI) benefits all of humanity – is a beacon of hope in a world grappling with the complexities of AI. The vision you outlined, prioritizing broad benefit, long-term safety, technical leadership, and a cooperative orientation, resonates deeply with us. It reflects a commitment to not just technological advancement but to the core values of human dignity, equality, and the fostering of a global community.
The recent events surrounding the termination of Sam Altman and the destabilization of OpenAI’s leadership have raised grave concerns about the adherence to these very principles. The alleged lack of transparency and disregard for the voices of OpenAI’s employees strike a dissonant chord with the ethos of cooperation and broad benefit. It suggests a deviation from the path that was promised to humanity – a path of ethical responsibility and inclusive progress.