Top 10 Sam Altman-OpenAI Updates You Should Know

By Consultants Review Team Wednesday, 22 November 2023

Here are the top ten developments in the OpenAI debate that you should be aware of:

1) Good news for all OpenAI enthusiasts: According to Bloomberg, the OpenAI board, which sacked Sam Altman on Friday, is reportedly in talks to bring the senior CEO back. According to the story, Sam Altman, interim CEO Emmett Shear, and at least one board member, Adam D'Angelo, are now in talks.

2) If Sam Altman returns, it will be as CEO of OpenAI and as a member of the transitional board, with former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor chairing the new board.

3) The tide had already reversed in Altman's favor when one of the board members, fellow co-founder, and board member Ilya Sutskever, decided on Monday to make ties with the former CEO after playing a crucial part in his removal. Ilya commented on X, "I deeply regret my participation in the board's actions." I had no intention of causing harm to OpenAI. I adore everything we've created together, and I will do everything in my power to bring the firm back together."

4) The leadership of Satya Nadella Microsoft announced on Monday that it is hiring Sam Altman and former OpenAI president Greg Brockman to run a new advanced AI research team. Microsoft has vowed to invest approximately $13 billion in OpenAI and has approximately 49% of the artificial intelligence startup. However, the prospect of Sam Altman joining Microsoft today appears distant, and Nadella acknowledged this in a recent interview.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg TV, Nadella said of Sam Altman, "Regardless of where he is, he's working for Microsoft and that was the case on Friday, that's the case today, and I believe that will be the case tomorrow."

5) Approximately 700 of the 770 OpenAI employees threatened to leave the firm on Tuesday to join the new Microsoft-led subsidiary helmed by Sam Altman and Greg Brockman unless the current board resigned.

6) Microsoft has formally offered to hire the disgruntled OpenAI staff, with Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott announcing that the Redmond, Washington-based corporation is willing to match their pay. Kevin Scott wrote on X, "To my OpenAI partners: We have seen your petition and appreciate your desire to potentially join Sam Altman at Microsoft's new AI Research Lab." Know that you have a function at Microsoft that fits your remuneration and supports our joint mission if needed."

7) According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is currently exploring several governance reforms it will propose from the OpenAI board, including expanding the size of the board and boosting the skill level required for board members.

8) The OpenAI board also approached rival Anthropic CEO Dario Amodei, offering him the job of replacing fired CEO Sam Altman. Reuters said that the board of directors sought to negotiate a potential merger between the two artificial intelligence (AI)-focused businesses, in addition to offering him the top position.

9) OpenAI management is now reminding employees that it is time to 'get back to shipping' goods. In a message addressed to staff and published by Bloomberg, OpenAI's vice president of products stated that producing products was the best way to channel their enthusiasm.

10) According to Bloomberg, the OpenAI Board has yet to brief new interim CEO Emmett Shear about the cause for sacking Sam Altman. According to the article, Shear does not intend to stay if the board does not convey the cause for Altman's dismissal in writing.


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