1st Best U-turn Surprise: Sam Altman becomes head of OpenAI again
A few days after Sam Altman surprising leave, Sam Altman (38) again head of the ChatGPT developer OpenAI. In addition, the board of directors will be renewed, as OpenAI announced.
It’s the next turning point in the saga , which has been keeping the tech world in suspense for days. Co-founder Altman was just there on Friday completely unexpectedly forced out of the company, at the same time he also became co-founder and chairman Greg Brockman (35) disempowered.
An attempt to reinstate the two victims failed on Sunday due to resistance from the committee. The two then decided on Sunday to become OpenAI investors Microsoft to go. But the company was didn’t calm down.
Intern threatened Around 700 of OpenAI’s 770 employees decided to follow Altman – which would have effectively meant the end of the company. At the same time, the company’s smaller investors put pressure on it and threatened to sue. Even Microsoft boss Satya Nadella (56) was open to returning.
Now the time has come. Altman stated about the online platform X: “I am happy to return to OpenAI.” And Brockman wrote there that they would now be stronger and more united than ever before; he would start programming again that night.
The board of directors is now also being reorganized. Initially it will consist of four people. The only one of the old members becomes Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo (39) keep his post. As chairman in the future Bret Taylor (43) act; the former Meta-CTO was through before the acquisition of Twitter Elon Musk (52) also chairman of the short message service and co-CEO of Salesforce. In addition, the experienced star economist and politician Larry Summers (68) move onto the board.
Microsoft CEO Nadella welcomed the restructuring: “We believe this is the first step on the path to more stable, better informed and more effective corporate management.”
Dispute over the direction of OpenAI
The background for the expulsion of the two leading figures was a dispute over the direction at OpenAI. Some executives such as chief scientist and co-founders Ilya Sutskever (36) – previously also a member of the board of directors, were of the opinion that Sam Altman had used the software Artificial intelligence to market too quickly and with too commercial an approach.
This opinion was also found by the majority of the three other independent members of the Board of Directors. Sutskever had already regretted his role in Altman’s downfall on Sunday and signed the call for his return.
Open AI was founded in 2015 as a non profit organization with the mission of developing artificial intelligence in the interests of everyone. However, when it became clear that donations would not raise the necessary billions in investments, a for profit company was formed with Altman at the helm. In 2019, he brought Microsoft, among others, on board as an investor, thereby securing OpenAI access to the necessary computing power. However, the conflict between the two approaches became ever deeper.
OpenAI is an artificial intelligence research laboratory consisting of researchers and engineers dedicated to creating advanced AI technology. Founded in December 2015, its mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence (AGI) benefits all of humanity.
It’s conducts research, develops cutting edge AI models like the GPT series, and works on various applications spanning language understanding, robotics, reinforcement learning, and more. The organization also promotes the ethical and safe development of AI while aiming for transparency in its research.
OpenAI Future plans revolved around several key aspects:
- Advancing AI Research: They continue to push the boundaries of AI research, aiming to develop more capable, versatile, and ethical artificial intelligence systems. This involves exploring areas like reinforcement learning, unsupervised learning, robotics, and multi-agent systems.
- Creating Powerful AI Models: OpenAI aims to develop and refine sophisticated AI models like GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) series, DALL-E, and others. These models are designed to understand and generate human-like text, images, and even code.
- Promoting AI Safety and Ethics: There’s a strong emphasis on ensuring that AI systems are developed and deployed responsibly and safely. OpenAI has been involved in discussions and initiatives regarding ethical AI development and the potential societal impacts of advanced AI.
- Applying AI for Positive Impact: OpenAI seeks to apply AI in ways that benefit society, from healthcare and climate change to education and beyond. They collaborate with various organizations and researchers to explore these applications.
- Advocating Transparency: OpenAI advocates for transparency in AI research and development, sharing findings, models, and tools to encourage collaboration and understanding in the broader AI community.