OpenAI: What’s Next For Altman And The Board?

  • NOVEMBER 22, 2023
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OpenAI is a non-profit research company with the stated goal of promoting and developing friendly artificial general intelligence (AGI). It was founded in 2015 by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Ilya Sutskever, Greg Brockman, and others, who pledged $1B in funding.

OpenAI has made significant contributions to the field of AI research, including the development of the GPT-3 language model and the DALL-E image generator. The company has also released several open-source tools and datasets, including Gym, Universe, and Roboschool.

In 2022, MicrosoftMSFT -0.1% announced a $10 billion investment in OpenAI to help it continue its research / development efforts (it also gives Microsoft access to OpenAI’s technology).

OpenAI is a controversial company, with some critics arguing that it is too close to Silicon Valley and that it does not do enough to promote AI safety. However, the company is also widely respected for its work on AI research, and it is seen as a leader in the field.

In a surprising turn of events, Sam Altman, the famed co-founder and CEO of OpenAI, was fired by the company’s board on November 18, 2023. This decision was made after a “deliberative review process” by the board, which concluded that Altman was “not consistently candid in his communications with the board.” As a result, the board “no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.”

The news of Altman’s firing has been met with shock and dismay by many in the AI community, who see him as a visionary leader who was well-positioned to guide OpenAI into the future. Altman was a vocal advocate for the responsible development of AI, and he has played a key role in establishing OpenAI as a leading force in AI research and development.

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