OpenAI, the research organization behind GPT-4 and with close ties to Microsoft, has introduced a bug bounty program that offers researchers up to $20,000 if they can threaten OpenAIs ChatGPT chatbot. According to the org, the bounty program will welcome users who can put ChatGPT to the test and find operational and/or security issues in the large language model.
The program is open to anyone who has access to ChatGPT through the OpenAI Playground or the OpenAI API.
According to OpenAI, ChatGPT is trained using reinforcement learning from human feedback, which allows it to learn from its own interactions and improve over time. However, the model is not perfect and may sometimes produce incorrect or nonsensical answers. OpenAI hopes that by inviting users to find and report bugs, they can improve the quality and reliability of ChatGPT and make it more useful for various applications.
Anyone can start testing ChatGPT by visiting chat.openai.com/bug-bounty where you will find instructions on how to submit a bug report. While $20,000 is up for grabs, this is the top reward. There is a reward structure that starts at $100.
We're launching the OpenAI Bug Bounty Program — earn cash awards for finding & responsibly reporting security vulnerabilities. https://t.co/p1I3ONzFJK
— OpenAI (@OpenAI) April 11, 2023
Microsoft's Investment in OpenAI Has Transformed the Company
Earlier this year, Microsoft invested into $10 billion into OpenAI and now takes 49% of profits. Speaking of profit, OpenAI initially started as a non-profit but has now become for-profit. The company has seen massive growth this year, becoming one of the 50 most visited websites and the fastest ever to have 100 million visitors.
Microsoft's investment has worked both ways, with the company leveraging the GPT-4 AI that underpins ChatGPT to drive AI on its own services. Using OpenAI's GPT-4 engine has allowed Microsoft to mainstream AI into its ecosystem, including Bing Chat, Bing Image Creator, Microsoft 365 Copilot, Azure OpenAI Service, and GitHub Copilot X.
Pushback Against AI is Underway
OpenAI may be looking for ways to suggest more security amid more scrutiny over ChatGPT and generative AI. Lawmakers in the United States are starting to look into potentially regulating AI amid concerns ranging from privacy to cybersecurity. The US Treasury Department is calling for AI models to need certification before they become available.
OpenAI was created as an open source (which is why I named it “Open” AI), non-profit company to serve as a counterweight to Google, but now it has become a closed source, maximum-profit company effectively controlled by Microsoft.
Not what I intended at all.
The Italian Data Protection Authority has ordered OpenAI to stop providing the chatbot in the country. Germany is also reportedly considering banning ChatGPT and it is likely other countries will follow suit. OpenAI co-founder Elon Musk is also leading the FutureOfLife initiative, a project that wants to place more controls on AI development over concerns about the emergence of artificial general intelligence (AGI).
Musk has been critical of OpenAI's direction since he left the organization, especially its close relationship with Microsoft. In February, the controversial, Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter CEO said the outcome for OpenAI was not what he intended for the company:
“Now it has become a closed source, maximum-profit company effectively controlled by Microsoft.”
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