This disorder was not caused by technological advances, the introduction of radical products, or computer failures. Rather, the blame lay with the all-too-human operators.
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To summarize what happened: On the afternoon of Friday, November 17th, OpenAI announced that its board of directors had fired its CEO and co-founder Sam Altman. Mr. Altman has built the company from a fledgling nonprofit into an $80 billion ultra-unicorn, but their unclear and convoluted communications suggest that the board is slowly moving forward with OpenAI managing its powerful technology. I wanted to proceed with caution. They were concerned that Mr. Altman had been too reckless and aggressive in introducing new products and was fired.
All the employees then threatened to quit. The board hired two interim CEOs within four days. Microsoft, which owns 49% of OpenAI, offered Altman the job, sending the company’s stock price soaring and saying any OpenAI employee could join. Dynamics within the workplace were conveyed through collaborative love heart emoji quote tweets. And this morning, OpenAI announced that its board has fully surrendered and Altman will be returning as CEO.
The manic dream of the tech news cycle has come to an end, accomplishing nothing except deeply damaging the trust of the most important people in the AI industry.
As Succession’s Logan Roy put it, OpenAI’s board of Oppenheimer wannabes turned out to be “not serious people.” On Sunday, The Atlantic reported that at the 2023 External Leadership Conference, board member Ilya Satskeva commissioned and burned a wooden effigy depicting an unbalanced AI, an AI that does not follow human goals or interests. Ta. She said Satskever is by all standards an excellent software developer and should be respected for his expertise in building AI systems, but not taken as seriously for other issues such as how to use AI.