Sam Altman’s shock return as chief executive of OpenAI late Tuesday — days after being sacked — caps a chaotic period that highlighted deep tensions at the heart of the Artificial Intelligence community. The board that fired Altman from his role as CEO of the ChatGPT creator has been almost entirely replaced following a rebellion by employees, cementing his position at the helm of the firm.
In Summers, Altman will find a seasoned economist and well-known figure in Washington, who has spoken of both the dangers and opportunities of ChatGPT for the “cognitive classes.” Neither Altman nor OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman — who quit as company president following Altman’s sacking — will return to the board, which could soon have as many as six additional members, the Wall Street Journal reported.
OpenAI board that fired Sam Altman SACKED; Know the survivor – Detail Points
– Sam Altman has been reinstated as the chief executive of OpenAI after being sacked
– The board that fired Altman has been almost entirely replaced following a rebellion by employees
– The sole survivor in the new board is Adam D’Angelo, the CEO of Quora
– Altman will be joined on the board by ex-Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor and former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers
– Larry Summers has spoken about the dangers and opportunities of ChatGPT for the “cognitive classes”
– Altman and OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman will not return to the board
– There were disputes over Altman’s departure, with concerns about OpenAI moving away from its mission for commercial gain
– Altman’s return reaffirms his position as a leader in the field of generative-AI
– Microsoft now wields significant power over the future of OpenAI
– Altman briefly took up a position at Microsoft during his time away from OpenAI
– Concerns about governance and safety testing of AI technology have been raised by Western governments and tech companies
Why was Sam Altman fired and then reinstated as chief executive of OpenAI?
The reasons for Altman’s initial firing are still unclear, with the board stating that he was not consistently candid in his communications. However, after a series of chaotic events, Altman was reinstated as CEO, a decision that led to significant board turnover.
What role did Microsoft play in Altman’s return to OpenAI?
During his brief period away from OpenAI, Altman briefly took up a position at Microsoft, which has poured billions of dollars into OpenAI and helped launch ChatGPT. Altman cited “satya’s support,” in his decision to return to OpenAI, referencing Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. This reaffirms the growing power that Microsoft wields over the future of OpenAI.
What concerns have been raised about the governance of AI technology?
While OpenAI’s ChatGPT is the most widely known large language model, concerns have been raised about governance as other big tech firms have also heavily invested in powerful AI technology. Earlier this month, Western governments and tech companies agreed to a new safety testing regime to address concerns about the lack of global safeguards in place to control the rapid growth of AI.