Inspenet, November 22, 2023.
OpenAI , the company responsible for creating ChatGPT, has announced the reinstatement of Sam Altman as CEO, just days after his abrupt departure, which plunged the pioneering artificial intelligence firm into a crisis.
Altman’s surprise resignation triggered intense pressure from the company’s top investors, including Microsoft, urging him to return. The news came amid threats by hundreds of OpenAI employees to leave the company, expressed through a letter spread in the media, where they demanded the resignation of the board of directors and increased speculation about the future of the company.
OpenAI’s position regarding Sam Altman
OpenAI reported on its social networks that a “preliminary agreement” had been reached for the return of Sam Altman as CEO, with a new board of directors initially made up of Bret Taylor (president), Larry Summers and Adam D’Angelo.
Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the hiring of Altman to lead an artificial intelligence research team. Altman confirmed on Tuesday that his return had Nadella’s backing.
Microsoft is known to have made significant investments in OpenAI, incorporating its technology into various products, such as the Bing search engine. Likewise, Microsoft data centers have played a crucial role in the development of ChatGPT, whose success has fueled an extensive global career in artificial intelligence research and development, with multi-million dollar investments.
Nadella had expressed the need to make ‘adjustments to the governance structure’ at OpenAI in order to prevent such ‘shocking’ surprises. ” We believe it is an essential first step on the path towards more stable, well-informed and effective governance ,” he stated.
The latest statement appeared to end the turbulent sequence of events sparked by Altman’s ouster last week. Despite the decision by OpenAI’s board, which included Ilya Sutskever, a respected artificial intelligence researcher and co-founder of the company, to fire Altman and appoint Emmett Shear as interim CEO last Sunday, this did not achieve calm internal outrage or mitigate unrest among the company’s investors.
Sutskever, in fact, was one of the signatories of the OpenAI employees’ letter calling for the council’s dismissal.
Generative AI platforms, such as ChatGPT, are trained with large volumes of data to answer even complex questions using human-like language and are also used to generate and manipulate images. However, this technology has raised concerns about potential misuses, ranging from blackmail with false images and information to image manipulation and the harmful dissemination of misinformation.
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