OpenAI Drama: A Comedy of Errors
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Microsoft Joins OpenAI Board… But Only as an Observer
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The move quells some of the remaining questions about Microsoft’s interest in the startup after a turbulent month that saw the company’s controlling nonprofit board fire and then rehire CEO Sam Altman.
OpenAI’s outlook has been intertwined with Microsoft since the software giant invested $13 billion into OpenAI and integrated its AI models into Office and other Microsoft programs. Previously, Microsoft did not have official representation on the board of directors that controlled start-up, allowing it to be surprised when Altman was first fired.
“We clearly made the right choice to partner with Microsoft and I’m excited that our new board will include them as a non-voting observer,” Altman said in a note to staff posted on OpenAI’s website.
Altman commended his team saying they didn’t lose any employees during this period.
“Now that we’re through all this, we didn’t lose a single employee. You stood firm for each other, this company, and our mission,” wrote Altman.
Altman added in his note that former Salesforce CEO Bret Taylor; former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers; Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo would build out a new board of directors for startup.
Mira Murati who had been briefly named interim CEO earlier is back as CTO while Greg Brockmans returned as president.
Taylor, who will lead t
he new board,said he was focused on strengthening corporate governance adding he would leave once everything is settled down.
A spokesperson from Microsof declined to name their representative but confirmed they won’t have voting rights.
Most members including co-founder Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever left except D’Angelo
The reasons behind Altmans firing were vague. Although lack transparency was cited there are rumors over debates regarding slowing down development powerful AGI could also be involved
Helen Toner resigned from her role citing inability effectively supervise despite speculation she wasn’t motivated by desire slow down work
Toner director strategy Georgetown Centre Security Emerging Technology nearly five years time Oxford Centre Governance AI gave talk effective altruism community been involved discussion forum . In previous interview Journal Political Risk stated “Building systems safe reliable fair interpretable enormous open problem Organizations building deploying also recognize beating competitors market battlefield avail if buggy hackable unpredictable”
And just like any good comedy drama – let’s wrap things up!