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The New York Times list of "who's who" in AI has been slammed for featuring zero women. "Godmother of AI" Fei-Fei Li criticized the list, writing, "It's not about me, but all of us in AI." AdvertisementThe New York Times' profile of "who's who" in AI, published Sunday, has drawn criticism for featuring zero women. "You literally erased all the heavy hitting women of AI and but included people who are more 'influencers,'" wrote Daneshjou. AdvertisementThe New York Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider, sent outside regular business hours.
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Seemingly overnight, the user-friendly generative AI technology enraptured the globe. It also promised to revolutionize the future of white-collar work — so long as it didn’t cause an AI apocalypse in the process. ‘The world woke up to the AI revolution’And one year since ChatGPT’s public release, the fervor around AI is still at a fever pitch. And AI’s long-prophesied impacts to the labor market is also beginning to emerge, both inside and outside the tech industry. “Many, many, many jobs that are currently done by humans, AI will be able to do,” said Clune, the AI researcher at the University of British Columbia.
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OpenAI doesn't plan to give board seats to investors like Microsoft, per Reuters and The Information. AdvertisementSome of OpenAI's biggest backers are unlikely to gain board seats even after the company's management shakeup, Reuters and The Information reported on Tuesday. OpenAI's new board is not planning to offer board seats to outside investors, such as Microsoft, Thrive Capital, and Khosla Ventures, Reuters reported, citing a source familiar with the matter. AdvertisementOpenAI cofounder and CEO Sam Altman was fired by his company's board on November 17, before staging a dramatic comeback five days later. OpenAI, Microsoft, Thrive Capital, and Khosla Ventures did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider, sent outside regular business hours.
Persons: OpenAI, Satya Nadella, , shakeup, Thomas Hayes, Sam Altman, Altman's, Larry Summers, Bret Taylor, Adam D'Angelo, Altman, Nadella, Kara Swisher, Swisher Organizations: Microsoft, Reuters, Service, OpenAI's, The, Khosla Ventures, Hill Capital, Business Locations: OpenAI
We now know Sam Altman's returning to the company after being fired, but we are still very confused. AdvertisementSam Altman is set to return as CEO of OpenAI after one of the most confusing weeks in Silicon Valley history. Why was Sam Altman suddenly fired as CEO of OpenAI? Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI's chief scientist who was rumored to play a central role in Sam Altman's ousting, was committed to AI safety. Commentators had speculated that Microsoft would be after an OpenAI board seat — or at least a more formalized communication system — in the wake of the fallout.
Persons: It's, Sam Altman's, , Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, Altman, Alistair Barr, Yann LeCun —, Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI, ChatGPT, Adam D'Angelo, Satya Nadella, Nadella, Brockman, Kara Swisher, OpenAI should've, would've, Sam, Elon Musk, Peter Welinder Organizations: Service, Microsoft, OpenAI, Big Tech, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Atlantic, Ofc Locations: OpenAI, Silicon Valley
In its announcement of Altman’s firing, OpenAI claimed that Altman had been insufficiently “candid” with the board. But then hundreds of OpenAI employees, nearly the company’s entire staff, threatened to leave, potentially for Microsoft, if the company’s board didn’t resign and reinstate Altman as CEO. It’s unclear how Shear will be affected by Altman’s return. “We are encouraged by the changes to the OpenAI board,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on X. Publicly, Altman has long cautioned about risks posed by AI, and he has pledged to lawmakers and customers that he would move OpenAI forward responsibly.
Persons: Sam Altman, Bret Taylor, Adam D’Angelo, Larry Summers, , Altman, Steve Jobs, OpenAI, Kara Swisher, Nadella, Greg Brockman, Altman’s, , Emmett Shear, didn’t, Shear, , ” Brockman, Satya Nadella, Jony, CNN’s Juliana Liu, Diksha Madhok Organizations: New, New York CNN, Twitter, Microsoft, CNN, Twitch Locations: New York, OpenAI, Silicon
ET, OpenAI publicly announced that it had fired Altman over concerns that he was not always truthful with the board. Sam Altman, left, appears onstage with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at OpenAI's first developer conference, on Nov. 6, 2023, in San Francisco. OpenAI’s board was also reportedly having second thoughts and considering asking the ousted CEO to return. Ultimately, Microsoft and Altman appear to be the big winners from the dust-up: Altman will continue leading the firm he helped to found. “We are encouraged by the changes to the OpenAI board,” Nadella said on X.
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Sam Altman is set to return to OpenAI, with a new board in place, the company announced Wednesday. Former board members Ilya Sutskever, Helen Toner, and Tasha McCauley are out. AdvertisementSam Altman is set to return to OpenAI with a new board that includes Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, and Adam D'Angelo, the company announced in an X post Wednesday. We have reached an agreement in principle for Sam Altman to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new initial board of Bret Taylor (Chair), Larry Summers, and Adam D'Angelo. — OpenAI (@OpenAI) November 22, 2023The shakeup sees the departure of former board members Ilya Sutskever, Helen Toner, and Tasha McCauley.
Persons: Sam Altman, Larry Summers, Bret Taylor, Adam D'Angelo, Ilya Sutskever, Helen Toner, Tasha McCauley, , OpenAI, Greg Brockman, Altman, they've, Bret Taylor Taylor, Taylor, Clay Bavor, who'd, Larry Summers Larry Summers, He's, @LaurenceParisot, aLKph9WEla — Lawrence H, Summers, Adam D'Angelo D'Angelo, D'Angelo, Kara Swisher, Emmett Shear, Quora, Poe Organizations: Service, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Elon, Google Labs, LinkedIn, Harvard, Bloomberg, GZERO Media Locations: Salesforce, Paris
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that he wants changes to the OpenAI board after it fired Sam Altman. During these interviews, he offered nothing but praise for recently ousted OpenAI CEO Sam Altman but made comments about OpenAI's board governance. "We just want to make sure that things are done in a way that will allow us to continue to partner well," Nadella told the outlet. Nadella told Swisher that he was blindsided by the Friday ousting of Altman by the board of directors. "I've not been told about anything," Nadella told Bloomberg TV Monday.
Persons: Satya Nadella, Sam Altman, Nadella, Altman, , Kara Swisher, BloombergTV, Swisher, Sam, Greg Brockman, wasn't Organizations: Service, CNBC, Microsoft, OpenAI, Bloomberg Locations: OpenAI
700 OpenAI employees have signed a letter threatening to quit if Sam Altman isn't reinstated as CEO. Some of them say they are on work-dependent visas, which they could lose if they are forced to quit. It's a sign of how much loyalty Altman has inspired among staff. AdvertisementOpenAI's employees are calling on the company's board to bring back Sam Altman — and some are even willing to put their visas at risk to get him back as CEO. A number of senior OpenAI employees are already expected to follow Altman and ex-OpenAI president Greg Brockman to Microsoft.
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What OpenAI’s turmoil is really all about
  + stars: | 2023-11-21 | by ( Allison Morrow | )   time to read: +7 min
OpenAI’s incredible upheaval — with former CEO Sam Altman caught in the middle — could have broad implications for who gets to control the future of artificial intelligence. However, Microsoft has already won the war: It is OpenAI’s most important stakeholder, with a promised $13 billion investment. In the past year, he has become the public face of the industry, and was instrumental in forging OpenAI’s partnership with Microsoft, which began in 2019. Altman, sources say, wanted to move quickly, while the OpenAI board wanted to move more cautiously. Both achievements are possible, and OpenAI’s strange structure — a nonprofit overseeing a for-profit company — was designed to contain AI from destroying humanity.
Persons: Sam Altman, OpenAI, ChatGPT, Altman, Greg Brockman, Satya Nadella, Kara Swisher, , Jason Schloetzer, Gil Luria, Davidson, , Luria, ” Schloetzer, , — CNN’s Clare Duffy Organizations: New, New York CNN, Microsoft, CNBC, CNN, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, D.A, Google Locations: New York, Silicon
Microsoft had no official say with the board when Altman, the company’s key contact, was fired. That is partly as a hedge for the fact it has no control over the start-up’s board. It involves the holy grail of OpenAI’s work: achieving artificial general intelligence, or A.G.I. Scott Syphax, a corporate governance expert, told DealBook that the deal could raise red flags with regulators if it threatens the nonprofit’s tax-exempt status. Another area Syphax is watching: the valuation that Microsoft placed on OpenAI after its investment and whether it acquired the I.P.
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OpenAI's board of directors fired Sam Altman, the man behind ChatGPT, in a shock move on Friday. OpenAI's board announced Friday that Altman is out saying it "no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI." The board consisted of six people including OpenAI's president and cofounder Greg Brockman, OpenAI's chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, Adam D'Angelo, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner and Sam Altman himself. He pointed out that even CEOs are "at-will employees," at US companies, but that OpenAI's board "behaved like a bunch of kids" and "erratically" in this instance. Most of OpenAI's board members don't own shares in the company, including Sam Altman himself who chose not to take any equity in, which ultimately limited his power and influence.
Persons: Sam Altman, ChatGPT, OpenAI's, , Altman, Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, Adam D'Angelo, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Brockman, John Bates, It's, they've, Satya Nadella, Kara Swisher's, Bates, Marissa Mayer, X, Mayer, Mark Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg, what's Organizations: Microsoft, Service, Cambridge University, Google, Meta Locations: British
Satya Nadella says Microsoft welcomes AI talent who want to leave OpenAI. "We will definitely have a place for all AI talent to come here," he said on Kara Swisher's podcast. AdvertisementMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella says his company is open to taking in AI talent who want to leave OpenAI following the ouster of its former CEO Sam Altman. Emmett Shear, the former CEO of Twitch, was named the new interim CEO of OpenAI on the same day. AdvertisementRepresentatives for Microsoft and OpenAI did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider sent outside regular business hours.
Persons: Satya Nadella, Kara Swisher's, Sam Altman, , Greg Brockman, Emmett Shear, Altman, Nadella, Kara Swisher, Marc Benioff, Silvio Savarese, Benioff, OpenAI Organizations: Service, Microsoft, Salesforce, Business Insider Locations: OpenAI
The fate of OpenAI hangs in the balance
  + stars: | 2023-11-21 | by ( Brian Fung | )   time to read: +6 min
That has only reinforced the impression that OpenAI’s boardroom drama could take an unexpected turn at any moment. First came the board’s sudden promotion of OpenAI’s chief technology officer, Mira Murati, as Altman’s replacement on Friday — made in the same breath as Altman’s firing. Whether Altman is working for Microsoft or OpenAI won’t change the ultimate result, Nadella argued to Swisher, which is that Microsoft benefits from his work. Much is still unclear about the board’s exact reasons for firing Altman. OpenAI’s newest interim CEO, Emmett Shear, has denied that the firing was due to any “specific” disagreement on AI safety.
Persons: that’s, Sam Altman, Monday, Altman, Satya Nadella, ” Nadella, Kara Swisher, we’re, That’s, Mira Murati, , Murati, Altman’s, Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI, Nadella, Swisher, Marc Benioff, Emmett Shear, it’s, I’ve, , Charlie Warzel Organizations: CNN, Microsoft, Microsoft’s Locations: Silicon Valley
Satya Nadella says OpenAI should've 'consulted' Microsoft before firing former CEO Sam Altman. AdvertisementSatya Nadella says OpenAI should "at the very least" have consulted Microsoft before ousting Sam Altman given its investment in the company. The Microsoft CEO told the "On with Kara Swisher" podcast: "It's not even the money and the capital. On Monday, Nadella announced that he'd hired Altman and former OpenAI president Greg Brockman to head Microsoft's new advanced AI research team. Representatives for Microsoft and OpenAI did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider, sent outside regular business hours.
Persons: Satya Nadella, OpenAI should've, Sam Altman, Kara Swisher's, OpenAI, , Bing, Kara Swisher, Sam, Someone's, Altman, Emmett Shear, Nadella, he'd, Greg Brockman, Swisher Organizations: Microsoft, Service, Twitch, Business Locations: OpenAI
CNN —Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella hinted on Monday that he was still open to Sam Altman rejoining OpenAI – despite an announcement earlier in the day that Altman would join Microsoft’s artificial intelligence innovation division. Nadella said he was “open to both options” when asked in a Monday CNBC interview whether Altman would actually join Microsoft. “Look, that is for the OpenAI board and management and the employees to choose,” Nadella said. With a $13 billion investment in OpenAI, Microsoft is one of the company’s biggest backers. “Let’s just say it’s fantastic to have lots of capable people who can become CEOs of Microsoft,” Nadella said.
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Threads was a great place to get news on the OpenAI drama over the weekend. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. Then, the biggest recent breaking news story in tech and business unfolded over the weekend with Sam Altman's shocking exit from OpenAI. It was the perfect test to see if Threads was up for a breaking news event. She also posted the same stuff to Threads, but as she pointed out — ironically — Threads doesn't "thread" posts properly, making a continuing story confusing to follow.
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At least two-thirds of OpenAI staff have threatened to quit and join Sam Altman at Microsoft. It follows days of chaos at OpenAI after CEO Sam Altman was fired in a shock move. AdvertisementNearly 500 OpenAI staff have threatened to quit unless all current board members resign and ex-CEO Sam Altman is reappointed. Late on Sunday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Altman and former OpenAI president Greg Brockman would be joining a new AI team at Microsoft, after efforts by investors and current employees to bring him back as OpenAI CEO fell apart. OpenAI and Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider, made outside normal working hours.
Persons: Sam Altman, , Mira Murati, Brad Lightcap, Altman, Kara Swisher, Ilya Sutskever, Jan Leike, Murati, Satya Nadella, Greg Brockman, OpenAI, Emmett Shear, Twitch Organizations: Microsoft, Service, Wired, Sutskever, Business
Hundreds of OpenAI employees, including co-founder and board member Ilya Sutskever, have signed a letter demanding that either OpenAI's remaining board members resign or those OpenAI employees will join Sam Altman's new venture at Microsoft , reports said. Five hundred and five OpenAI employees have signed the letter, Kara Swisher reported, representing the overwhelming majority of OpenAI's headcount. Multiple OpenAI employees voiced their support on social media as well. Altman was forced out Friday by OpenAI's board, including Sutskever, which cited unspecified issues with his communications. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Sunday announced that Altman and fellow OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman would join the company in a new, largely independent venture.
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ET, OpenAI publicly announced that it had fired Altman over concerns that he was not always truthful with the board. OpenAI’s strategic partners, including investor Microsoft, were also reportedly informed of Altman’s ouster minutes before the board’s announcement. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reportedly mediated the discussion. Hundreds of employees on Monday morning signed an open letter calling on the company’s board to resign and reinstate Altman and Brockman. The Verge reported Monday afternoon that Altman and Brockman could still return to OpenAI if the board members who fired him resign.
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New Delhi/New York CNN —Microsoft has hired Sam Altman to power up its artificial intelligence research efforts just days after the co-founder of OpenAI was ousted as CEO in a chaotic boardroom coup. Meanwhile, Emmett Shear, the former CEO of Amazon’s streaming service Twitch, will join OpenAI as interim CEO. “We look forward to getting to know Emmett Shear,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. In a post on X early Monday, Shear described the chance to join OpenAI as “a once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. More recently, Altman announced that OpenAI would make its tools widely available so anyone could create their own version of ChatGPT.
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Sam Altman is back at OpenAI … with a guest badge
  + stars: | 2023-11-19 | by ( David Goldman | )   time to read: +3 min
New York CNN —Sam Altman is back at OpenAI. But Altman, Brockman and Sutskever in 2019 formed OpenAI LP, a for-profit entity that exists within the larger company’s structure. Altman had pushed the for-profit company to innovate faster and go to market with products. If not, Altman reportedly may opt for another venture, perhaps taking loyalists away from OpenAI to his new landing spot. Either way, OpenAI’s board made a consequential decision that will make massive waves in the AI industry for years to come.
Persons: Sam Altman, , ” Altman, Greg Brockman, Brockman, Altman, Altman haven’t, Ilya Sutskever, Adam D’Angelo, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, Altman “, Kara Swisher, OpenAI Organizations: New, New York CNN, Wall Street, New York Times, Microsoft, GeoSim Systems, Georgetown’s Center for Security, Emerging Technology, CNN Locations: New York, OpenAI, San Francisco, Sutskever
How OpenAI so royally screwed up the Sam Altman firing
  + stars: | 2023-11-19 | by ( David Goldman | )   time to read: +8 min
A company’s board of directors has an obligation, first and foremost, to its shareholders. Strange board structureThe bizarre structure of OpenAI’s board complicated matters. And some, including former OpenAI board member Elon Musk, fear the technology will surpass humanity in intelligence and could wipe out life on the planet. Microsoft, despite its massive stake, does not hold an OpenAI board seat, because of the company’s strange structure. Alternatively, it could become a competitor to Altman, who may ultimately decide to start a new company and drain talent from OpenAI.
Persons: New York CNN —, Sam Altman, Altman, , Bing, , Kara Swisher, weren’t, Greg Brockman, Brockman, OpenAI, mulligan, Ilya Sutskever, they’re, Swisher, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, OpenAI’s, Satya Nadella Organizations: New, New York CNN, Microsoft, Altman, Co, Office, Google, Amazon, IBM, Economic, Twitter, Wall Street, New York Times Locations: New York, Silicon Valley, Bing
Greg Brockman co-founded OpenAI with Sam Altman and Elon Musk in 2015. Hours later, Brockman posted on X that he was leaving the company, too. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. Brockman became a founding executive of OpenAI in 2015, along with Elon Musk and Altman, after leaving payment platform Stripe. Brockman became president of OpenAI in May of 2022, the company announced.
Persons: Greg Brockman, Sam Altman, Elon Musk, Altman, Brockman, , We've, what's, Kara Swisher, Per Swisher, Swisher, OpenAI, ChatGPT, " Brockman Organizations: OpenAI's, Service, Elon, OpenAI, MIT Technology, Time Magazine Locations: openai, OpenAI
On Thursday evening, Altman received a text message from Ilya Sutskever, another co-founder of OpenAI and its chief scientist, Brockman said. “Sam joined a Google Meet and the whole board, except Greg, was there,” Brockman said, referring to himself. Around the same time, OpenAI published a blog post.”According to Swisher, Altman did not learn about the subject of the meeting until 30 minutes before. “Greater things coming soon.”CNN has reached out to OpenAI for comment on Brockman and Swisher’s accounts of how the events transpired. An interim CEOIn announcing Altman’s firing, OpenAI said chief technology officer Mira Murati will serve as interim CEO.
Persons: Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, Altman, Kara Swisher, Ilya Sutskever, Brockman, “ Sam, Greg, ” Brockman, “ Ilya, Sam, , Ilya, OpenAI, Swisher, , what’s, Mira Murati, Murati, ” Murati Organizations: CNN, Twitter, OpenAI, Google, , Microsoft, Bing, , ” CNN, Dartmouth Locations: OpenAI
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