Former NSA chief joins OpenAI's board of directors

Retired US Army General and former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), Paul M. Nakasone, was appointed to the board of directors of OpenAI.

Nakasone joining the ranks of the ChatGPT creator is meant to underscore the importance of cybersecurity’s impact on artificial technology tech, OpenAI said. According to the company, the retired US Army General will focus on the board’s Safety and Security Committee.

“As AI technology becomes more capable on the path to artificial general intelligence (AGI), we are becoming more resilient to increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats over time,” OpenAI said.

Nakasone, who also served as the commander of the US Cyber Command, led the NSA‘s efforts to build American cyberdefense capabilities and safeguard US critical infrastructure against cyber threats.

Earlier this year, OpenAI confirmed that the company was targeted by multiple overt influence operations that sought to use the company-developed AI technology for deceptive activity.

The artificial intelligence firm said that threat actors used its AI models to generate short comments, longer articles in a range of languages, and made up names and bios for social media accounts over the last three months.

These campaigns, which included threat actors from Russia, China, Iran, and Israel, also focused on issues including Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the conflict in Gaza, the Indian elections, politics in Europe, and the United States, among others.

Apart from the new addition of Nakasone, the OpenAI board consists of the company’s CEO Sam Altman, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, a former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nicole Seligman, a former president of Sony Entertainment, Quora CEO Adam D'Angelo, Fidji Simo, the CEO of Instacart, a former US Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers; ex-Salesforce CEO and the board’s chairman Bret Taylor.