Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Former Head of NSA Joins OpenAI Board

Jay Peters:

OpenAI has appointed Paul M. Nakasone, a retired general of the US Army and a former head of the National Security Agency (NSA), to its board of directors, the company announced on Thursday.

Nakasone, who was nominated to lead the NSA by former President Donald Trump, directed the agency from 2018 until February of this year. Before Nakasone left the NSA, he wrote an op-ed supporting the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the surveillance program that was ultimately reauthorized by Congress in April.

Edward Snowden (Reddit, Hacker News, Fortune, Newsweek):

They’ve gone full mask-off: do not ever trust @OpenAI or its products (ChatGPT etc). There is only one reason for appointing an @NSAGov Director to your board. This is a willful, calculated betrayal of the rights of every person on Earth. You have been warned.


Update (2024-06-25): See also: Bruce Schneier.

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Extremely disturbing development

Old Unix Geek

To quote myself:.

It's somewhat ironic. Geoffrey Hinton once said in an interview that he was counting on his student Ilya Sutskever to ensure advanced AI would not end up being used by the military, but then Ilya left/was pushed out of OpenAI. Geoffrey believed so strongly in his anti-war position that he moved from the US to Canada to avoid supporting the US military adventure in Vietnam by paying his taxes, IIRC. So yeah, he must be delighted by this development.

The future is old tech or end-to-end edge encryption.
Since (the) governments will eventually make end-to-end encryption illegal or just backdoor-break it, the future is really just old tech.

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