What is Project ‘Q*’? The New Generation of AI

Sam Altman was briefly terminated and then reinstated as CEO of OpenAI. This is Project Q. This project is believed to be an important breakthrough in the pursuit Artificial General Intelligence. It has both sparked interest and concerns. This article examines Project Q’s complexities, implications and challenges.

What exactly is Project Q*

OpenAI’s Project Q* (or Q-Star) is their latest effort in the quest for Artificial General Intelligence. OpenAI defines AGI as autonomous systems capable of outperforming humans at a majority economically significant tasks. This is a significant leap over the current AI technologies, which are designed to perform specific tasks.

Q’s development may be confidential, but its existence and goals can be seen in OpenAI’s goal to build an AI capable of performing multiple tasks just like humans. CTO Mira Murati acknowledged Q publicly in an email to her team, which gave it credibility and legitimacy despite the fact that there were still gaps or unknown details.

What capabilities does AGI have?

AGI and Project Q* are yet to reveal their exact capabilities. AGI, unlike narrow AI systems that are limited to a few domains, is said to be able generalize its knowledge across multiple domains. It can apply the knowledge it gains from one set or tasks to a completely different set of problems.

AGI, for example, could use the same reasoning to solve problems in physics, or even abstract tasks such as strategic planning. AGI’s adaptability and versatility set it apart from other AI models that are restricted to a specific operation.

What concerns were raised about AGI?

Project Q* has raised some concerns about the development of AGI. OpenAI’s Board of Directors warned about potential dangers in a letter. This is consistent with the debate that has been going on for years within the scientific community regarding the risks of highly-intelligent machines. In extreme scenarios, it is possible that AI of this level could deem the destruction of humans as a logical outcome based on its objectives and programming.

The formation of an ‘AI scientist’ team at OpenAI tasked with optimising AI models to enhance reasoning and scientific tasks adds a new layer of complexity. These AI models have the potential to surpass human intelligence and not just replicate it. This presents both ethical dilemmas and unprecedented opportunities.


Project Q* is at the forefront of artificial intelligence’s new era. OpenAI’s foray into AGI promises machines that are able to think, learn and reason in a variety of situations, far surpassing current AI. This leap forward, however, has raised serious concerns about safety and ethics. AGI has the potential to revolutionize Earth’s life, but also poses risks that we must carefully manage. In this pivotal moment in AI history we must balance innovation and caution to ensure AI advancements benefit humanity.