OpenAI’s big goal is “magic intelligence in the sky”


OpenAI is selling AI like no other company on the market. But according to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, the overarching goal remains Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), or as he puts it, “magic intelligence in the sky.” Unfortunately, magic is expensive.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman told the Financial Times that he is interested in securing additional funding from Microsoft, the startup’s largest investor, to develop artificial general intelligence (AGI).

Microsoft invested $10 billion in OpenAI earlier this year. Altman is hoping for more funding from Microsoft and other investors to cover the high cost of developing advanced AI models.

Selling AI is a means to an end

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman sees the company’s strong commercial ambitions with products like ChatGPT, a GPT marketplace, and API offerings for developers as a means to an end.



“Right now, people [say] ‘you have this research lab, you have this API [software], you have the partnership with Microsoft, you have this ChatGPT thing, now there is a GPT store’. But those aren’t really our products,” Altman said. “Those are channels into our one single product, which is intelligence, magic intelligence in the sky. I think that’s what we’re about.”

The partnership with Microsoft is designed to allow both companies to benefit from each other’s success, Altman said. Despite growing revenues this year, OpenAI is not yet profitable.

As for GPT-5, Altman said it is technically difficult to predict what new capabilities the model might have over its predecessors.

“Until we go train that model, it’s like a fun guessing game for us. We’re trying to get better at it, because I think it’s important from a safety perspective to predict the capabilities. But I can’t tell you here’s exactly what it’s going to do that GPT-4 didn’t.”

Greg Brockman, co-founder of OpenAI, recently told French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron that predictability is an essential safety feature for future AI.


“Jimmy Apples” on also points in the direction of a focus on efficiency: by the end of 2025, OpenAI should have an AI model on the development schedule that is significantly better than GPT-4, but has only one to ten billion parameters, i.e. a fraction of the alleged 1.8 trillion parameters of the current GPT-4 model.

When he introduced GPT-4 Turbo, Altman called GPT-4 Turbo OpenAI’s “smartest” model. This is a rather open-ended choice of words, since “smart” can mean many things, including higher resource efficiency relative to performance. Altman would probably have said that GPT-4 Turbo is more intelligent or more capable than GPT-4 if that were the case.

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