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The two companies recently teamed up for the “ABBA Voyage” show in London, in which fans could attend a full concert by the Swedish band — as performed by their digital avatars. He says the band won't be on stage during the virtual performance because “that’s the key thing,” of the future-seeking technology. That’s what you could do with this.”Political Cartoons View All 1277 ImagesIn order to create their digital avatars, who are depicted as a kind of superhero version of the band, Kiss performed in motion capture suits. Aespa, the K-pop girl group, frequently perform alongside their digital avatars — the quartet is meant to be viewed as an octet with digital twins. The band deserves to live on because the band is bigger than we are,” Kiss frontman Paul Stanley said in roundtable interview.
Persons: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer —, George Lucas ’, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus, , , Kiss, Mark Tuan, , Tuan, we’ve, Paul Organizations: New York, Kiss, Industrial, Pophouse Entertainment, Machines Locations: New, Madison, London, Swedish
Former OpenAI board member Helen Toner has announced her resignation. Toner said that the board wasn't trying to slow down OpenAI's work by firing CEO Sam Altman. AdvertisementFormer OpenAI board member Helen Toner says the board wasn't trying to stifle the company's progress by removing CEO Sam Altman. Though there has been speculation, we were not motivated by a desire to slow down OpenAI’s work. AdvertisementAside from bringing back Altman, OpenAI welcomed a new initial board comprising Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, and Adam D'Angelo.
Persons: Helen Toner, Toner, Sam Altman, Altman, , wasn't, OpenAI, Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, Adam D'Angelo, Taylor, Tasha McCauley, Ilya Sutskever . Organizations: Service, Georgetown University's Center for Security, Emerging Technology, Microsoft, Business Insider Locations: OpenAI's
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.
Persons: New York CNN —, Sam Altman, ChatGPT, ” Jeff Clune, hasn’t, ” Clune, , OpenAI’s, Jakub Porzycki, Suresh Venkatasubramanian, ” Venkatasubramanian, “ It’s, it’s, Venkatasubramanian, Clune, we’re, ChatGPT’s, OpenAI, David Paul Morris, , CNN’s Kara Swisher, Altman, , ” Altman Organizations: New, New York CNN, Big Tech, Tech, University of British, CNN, ChatGPT’s, Brown University, Economic Cooperation, Bloomberg, Getty, Microsoft — Locations: New York, University of British Columbia, Krakow, Poland, OpenAI, Asia, San Francisco , California
OpenAI said late Tuesday that Sam Altman will return to the artificial-intelligence company as CEO, with a new initial board. WSJ reporter Tom Dotan analyzes the latest developments. Photo: John G Mabanglo/ShutterstockOpenAI’s new board formally took over on Wednesday and said it would add an observer role for partner Microsoft , capping a dramatic chapter for the artificial-intelligence startup and launching a new phase of difficult decisions. The new board’s initial three members were decided as part of CEO Sam Altman ’s return last week after the previous board abruptly fired him. The replacement directors’ priorities include creating an independent committee to review the events around Altman’s ouster, said Bret Taylor , the board’s chairman.
Persons: OpenAI, Sam Altman, Tom Dotan, John G Mabanglo, Sam Altman ’, Bret Taylor Organizations: Microsoft
As technology titans jockey to back hot new startups, they are extracting explicit or implicit promises of revenue in return. loadingMicrosoft’s injection of $10 billion into OpenAI in January helped kick off the craze. As part of their deal, the ChatGPT operator agreed to exclusively use its new investor’s cloud computing services. Much of the invested capital should be returned relatively quickly as AI firms buy back-end services. Nvidia (NVDA.O) has at least 80% and as much as 95% of the AI market, according to estimates by analysts.
Persons: Sam Altman, Satya Nadella, OpenAI, Optimists, cynics, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Sharon Lam, Aditya Sriwatsav, Streisand Neto Organizations: Reuters, Microsoft, Financial Times, Apple, Nasdaq, Big Tech, OpenAI, Wall Street, Google, Reuters Graphics Reuters, Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Technologies, Company, Global, Telecom, Nortel, Network, Nvidia, Thomson Locations: OpenAI, Silicon Valley
In a blog post, Mr. Altman, who was rapidly reinstated last week, also outlined his priorities for OpenAI as he retakes the reins of the high-profile artificial intelligence start-up. He added that its board would focus on improving governance and overseeing an independent review of the events that led to and followed his removal as chief executive. Microsoft expands a three-person board that OpenAI announced last week. Microsoft will be able to participate in OpenAI’s board meetings but not vote on business decisions. “Part of what good governance means is that there’s more predictability, transparency and input from various stakeholders, and this seemed like a good way to get that from a very important one,” Mr. Altman said in an interview, referring to Microsoft.
Persons: OpenAI, Sam Altman, Altman, Mr Organizations: Microsoft
Microsoft Needs a Better Seat at OpenAI’s Table
  + stars: | 2023-11-28 | by ( Dan Gallagher | )   time to read: +1 min
OpenAI said late Tuesday that Sam Altman will return to the artificial-intelligence company as CEO, with a new initial board. WSJ reporter Tom Dotan analyzes the latest developments. Photo: John G Mabanglo/ShutterstockMicrosoft played a weak hand rather well in the drama that engulfed OpenAI last week. But the tech giant now has a complicated task ahead: It needs to solidify its relationship with the high-profile startup while also showing it can chart its own course in the vital field of artificial intelligence. In the interim, Microsoft announced plans to hire Altman directly, along with any other OpenAI employees who cared to join.
Persons: OpenAI, Sam Altman, Tom Dotan, John G Mabanglo, Satya Nadella’s, Altman Organizations: Microsoft, OpenAI Locations: OpenAI
The new software arrives roughly a year after OpenAI’s ChatGPT burst onto the scene, setting off a frenzy of investment in generative AI startups. AWS CEO Adam Selipsky, at Amazon’s annual cloud computing conference in Las Vegas, announced a new safeguard against objectionable content on generative AI applications, called Guardrails for Bedrock. Because generative AI is trained on publicly available content, offensive words or other objectionable content can slip through into results from users’ prompts. Selipsky said the new service was important for customers to put limits they see fit on the generative AI they use. Also at the conference, Amazon announced it would indemnify its customers against lawsuits based on the misuse of copyrighted materials.
Persons: Vincent West, Slack, OpenAI’s, Adam Selipsky, Selipsky, , Greg Bensinger, Marguerita Choy Organizations: REUTERS, Facebook, Amazon, Getty, Thomson Locations: Trapagaran, Spain, Las Vegas, Seattle
The tech giant said Tuesday it will launch Q — a business chatbot powered by generative artificial intelligence. San Francisco startup OpenAI’s release of ChatGPT a year ago sparked a surge of public and business interest in generative AI tools that can spit out emails, marketing pitches, essays, and other passages of text that resemble the work of humans. Amazon said Tuesday that Q can do things like synthesize content, streamline day-to-day communications and help employees with tasks like generating blog posts. It said companies can also connect Q to their own data and systems to get a tailored experience that's more relevant to their business. While Amazon is ahead of rivals Microsoft and Google as the dominant cloud computing provider, it’s not perceived as the leader in the AI research that’s led to advancements in generative AI.
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Sam Altman ’s triumph in remaining OpenAI’s CEO was also a win for those seeking the swift development of artificial intelligence. OpenAI, and Altman himself, are at the heart of a debate about AI development: how quickly should humanity race toward building “artificial general intelligence”—that is, fully humanlike intelligence, or maybe even superhuman intelligence.
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Sam Altman is a leading proponent of rapidly developing AI technology, while others want to pump the brakes. Photo: joel saget/Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesSam Altman ’s triumph in remaining OpenAI’s CEO was also a win for those seeking the swift development of artificial intelligence. OpenAI, and Altman himself, are at the heart of a debate about AI development: how quickly should humanity race toward building “artificial general intelligence”—that is, fully humanlike intelligence, or maybe even superhuman intelligence.
Persons: Sam Altman, joel saget, Sam Altman ’, Altman, Organizations: Agence France
OpenAI Rivals Move to Exploit Leadership Turmoil
  + stars: | 2023-11-23 | by ( Belle Lin | )   time to read: 1 min
Google and other companies in the generative AI space see an opportunity to win over customers following the turmoil at OpenAI. Photo: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg NewsOpenAI’s rivals this week raced to capitalize on the turmoil engulfing the artificial intelligence powerhouse, targeting its customers with incentives to switch to their platforms. Google said its sales team launched a campaign to persuade customers to switch from OpenAI. It is matching OpenAI’s pricing, providing cloud credits if customers use its AI software and offering assistance switching to its platform. Amazon said recent events underscore the value of its selected generative AI strategy, whereby customers can choose between many AI systems versus going all-in on OpenAI or a single vendor.
Persons: Alex Kraus Organizations: Google, Bloomberg Locations: OpenAI
Breakingviews category · November 24, 2023The German government is working hard to demonstrate the foolishness of the country’s iron-clad ban on large budget deficits. It now says it will suspend the “debt brake” after the Constitutional Court forced it to cancel some 60 billion euros worth of fiscal spending that it had included in a 210 billion euro climate and transformation fund. But the welcome relief is only temporary, and the harm is done. The budget crisis will cripple the economy for years to come, for three reasons.
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Breakingviews category · November 23, 2023 · 1:44 AM UTCLawmakers in South Korea blasted the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act as a betrayal. European Union leaders worried it would leave the bloc’s companies at a disadvantage. And big miners like Australia’s Fortescue said it left them little choice but to direct a lot of spending to the United States. Yet concerns about market distortion from the policy intended to stimulate investment in the energy transition and signed into law by President Joe Biden in August 2022 are easing. Other countries are realising they need to adapt the blueprint.
Persons: Australia’s Fortescue, Joe Biden Locations: South Korea, United States
OpenAI said late Tuesday that Sam Altman will return to the artificial-intelligence company as CEO, with a new initial board. WSJ reporter Tom Dotan analyzes the latest developments. Photo: John G Mabanglo/ShutterstockAs Sam Altman looks to steer OpenAI following the turmoil of his ouster and return as chief executive, he will be working with an initial board of directors consisting of two new faces—and one holdover from the previous board that fired him. The two joiners are seasoned tech veteran Bret Taylor , who was formerly co-CEO of Salesforce and chairman of Twitter, and Larry Summers , the onetime Treasury secretary and Harvard University president whose appointment surprised some observers. Remaining on the board is Adam D’Angelo , a former Facebook executive and the founder of the question-and-answer website Quora, a potential sign that Altman may not have everything his own way after his dramatic reinstatement late Tuesday.
Persons: OpenAI, Sam Altman, Tom Dotan, John G Mabanglo, Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, Adam D’Angelo, Altman Organizations: Twitter, Harvard University, Facebook
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
The ousted leader of ChatGPT-maker OpenAI is returning to the company that fired him late last week, the latest in a saga that has shocked the artificial intelligence industry. San Francisco-based OpenAI said in a statement late Tuesday: “We have reached an agreement in principle for Sam Altman to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new initial board" made of former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo. That emboldened a threatened exodus of nearly all of the startup's 770 employees who signed a letter calling for the board's resignation and Altman's return. “We are encouraged by the changes to the OpenAI board,” Nadella posted on X late Tuesday. How many 16-inch pizzas should I order for 778 people,” the person asks, using the number of people who work at OpenAI.
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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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NEW YORK (AP) — It's been quite a week for ChatGPT-maker OpenAI — and co-founder Sam Altman. And as he became Silicon Valley’s most sought-after voice on the promise and potential dangers of this technology, Altman helped transform OpenAI into a world-renowned startup. WHAT IS GENERATIVE AI? Unlike traditional AI, which processes data and completes tasks using predetermined rules, generative AI (including chatbots like ChatGPT) can create something new. Meanwhile, in the U.S., President Joe Biden signed an ambitious executive order last month seeking to balance the needs of cutting-edge technology companies with national security and consumer rights.
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Opinion | The Unsettling Lesson of the OpenAI Mess
  + stars: | 2023-11-22 | by ( Ezra Klein | )   time to read: +3 min
In my reporting, the best explanation I’ve heard for the board’s decision, as poorly communicated as it was, is that it fired Altman for the precise reason it said it fired Altman. “It would be wise to view any investment in OpenAI Global LLC in the spirit of a donation,” it warned. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, didn’t have the power to stop OpenAI’s board from firing Altman, but he did have the power to render the action hollow. He announced a new advanced innovations division, to be led by Altman (and the OpenAI president Greg Brockman, who resigned in solidarity with Altman) and staffed by any OpenAI employees who’d like to join. By Wednesday, Altman was back as chief executive of OpenAI and all but one of the board members had resigned.
Persons: I’ve, Altman, , OpenAI, Helen Toner, ” OpenAI, Satya Nadella, didn’t, Greg Brockman, weirdly, Ilya Sutskever, who’d, , Meta’s Organizations: Microsoft, Google, OpenAI
More board members, who could be plucked from OpenAI’s biggest investor, Microsoft, and the A.I. Mr. Altman was not named to the board on Tuesday night, and it was not clear if he ever will be. But some already argue that it will not be as attuned to OpenAI’s original mission to create A.I. The tech industry — perhaps even the world — will be watching to see if OpenAI is any closer to balancing those dueling aspirations than it was a week ago. “This needs to be a trustworthy organization that’s aligned with its board, and at the end of it all, OpenAI is a more valuable organization than it was a week ago.”
Persons: Altman, , Aaron Levie Organizations: Microsoft
OpenAI calls time on alt-governance experiment
  + stars: | 2023-11-22 | by ( Jonathan Guilford | )   time to read: +3 min
But the stakes at OpenAI, which develops the potentially world-reshaping ChatGPT, are higher. To stay true to its charter, the board must be ready to take actions that financial backers find intolerable. When it threatened to hire Altman and his staff, it effectively swiped the company out from under the board. Follow @JMAGuilford on XCONTEXT NEWSSam Altman has been reinstated as the chief executive of ChatGPT developer OpenAI, the company said on Nov. 21. The non-profit company that governs the startup had announced on Nov. 17 that its board had decided to fire Altman.
Persons: Sam Altman, , Mark Zuckerberg, Satya Nadella, Altman, Larry Summers, John Foley, Sharon Lam Organizations: Reuters, Microsoft, OpenAI’s, Google, Thomson Locations: OpenAI
But in other ways, the agreement is still a watershed moment for OpenAI and the artificial intelligence field writ large. Who came out on topSam Altman: A clear winner in the whole debacle is, of course, Altman himself. With some of the apparent architects of Altman’s ouster being pushed out themselves, a casualty of the affair may be the perspectives that those board members espoused. Emmett Shear, whom the board named OpenAI’s interim CEO for all of two days, has also expressed similar worries. In the fallout of the leadership crisis, some have argued that the outcome is also a defeat for effective altruism, the movement with which some OpenAI board members are said to be affiliated.
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Sam Altman was reinstated late Tuesday as OpenAI’s chief executive, the company said, successfully reversing his ouster by the company’s board last week after a campaign waged by his allies, employees and investors. The board of directors will be overhauled, jettisoning several members who had opposed Mr. Altman. Adam D’Angelo, the chief executive of Quora, will be the only holdover. “We have reached an agreement in principle for Sam to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new initial board of Bret Taylor (Chair), Larry Summers, and Adam D’Angelo,” OpenAI said in a post to X. “We are collaborating to figure out the details.
Persons: Sam Altman, Altman, Adam D’Angelo, Sam, Bret Taylor, Larry Summers, ” OpenAI, Greg Brockman, upended Organizations: Quora
OpenAI’s Cast of Characters
  + stars: | 2023-11-22 | by ( Jennifer Korn | Paul Glader | )   time to read: +12 min
Before OpenAI, Altman was president of Y Combinator, mentoring a host of founders and expanding his network in Silicon Valley. “We are encouraged by the changes to the OpenAI board,” he wrote on X on Wednesday. Mira MuratiNamed by the OpenAI board as Altman’s interim successor on Friday, Murati was replaced by Shear before the weekend was done. In September, she joined the board of directors of Shield AI, a defense technology company building AI pilot technology for aircraft. Will HurdAfter joining the OpenAI board in 2021, Hurd was the third director to exit in 2023.
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