(Central News Agency, Washington, 20th, comprehensive foreign news report) OpenAI is not only a company with a market value of tens of billions of dollars, but its technology may have the ability to save or destroy the world. However, the dignified CEO was fired after betrayal by the company’s top management. Just a few days later , the company faces the fate of employees possibly leaving in large numbers.
This is not a spoiler for Netflix’s new movie, but the drama that has probably been going on in the past few days within OpenAI, the developer of the chatbot ChatGPT. Tech reporters, artificial intelligence (AI) fans and investors are all keeping a close eye on the development progress. However, as to whether this is a thriller with huge stakes or a junk movie, there are currently mixed reactions from all walks of life.
The following is the compilation and analysis of this incident by BBC News and The Guardian:
How did it start?
The battle at the top of OpenAI suddenly broke out on the 17th. The board of directors announced the dismissal of co-founder Sam Altman as CEO on the same day.
OpenAI posted on its blog at the time that Atman’s “communications with the board of directors have never been candid” and that “the board of directors no longer believes in his ability to continue to lead OpenAI.”
There are only six people on the board of directors, two of whom are Altman and another co-founder, Greg Brockman. Brockman resigned after Altman was fired.
The remaining four people, who knew the details of Atman and the company’s business, made the decision to open the business when the critical point reached a point where they had to take immediate action. This decision not only caught the entire technology industry off guard, it was reported that even OpenAI’s investors were completely surprised.
What’s the point of contention?
How this controversy snowballed so quickly remains unclear. As for how Atman “has never communicated candidly,” the board of directors did not provide more relevant details.
Experts and technology professionals worry that companies like OpenAI are developing AI systems so quickly that such technology could ultimately pose an existential threat to humanity. In this regard, Emmett Shear, who succeeded Altman as interim CEO of OpenAI, said that Altman’s dismissal was not due to any differences on safety issues.
However, reports indicate that Altman had discussed building a new AI hardware device with former Apple design chief Jony Ive. The report pointed out that Atman is also trying to raise funds to establish a new company to produce chips to develop and operate powerful AI systems.
What is the next development of the incident?
Over the weekend, OpenAI’s investors, led by its largest shareholder Microsoft, tried to get Atman back. This move was supported by Mira Murati, the then interim CEO of OpenAI. Mulati, who originally served as chief technology officer, has since handed over the position of CEO, and Hill has become OpenAI’s third CEO in the past three days.
Today, Microsoft announced the hiring of Altman and Brockman to lead a new advanced AI research group.
What impact does this have on OpenAI?
More than 700 employees of OpenAI are very angry about Artman’s dismissal. An open letter to the board of directors published today shows that more than 600 employees, including Mulati, have threatened to resign and join Microsoft unless the board of directors resigns and reinstates Artman. Mann and Brockman positions.
Will Microsoft acquire OpenAI?
Even though OpenAI has a market capitalization of $80 billion, money is not a major issue for Microsoft. The problem instead lies with competition regulators in the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union, which are expected to pay special attention to the integration of the emerging generative AI market.
Microsoft has just fended off strong regulatory opposition to acquire Activision Blizzard, the video game holding company that owns Call of Duty. Microsoft holds 49% of OpenAI’s shares, and acquiring the entire company may be a more difficult battle. (Translator: Cai Jiamin/Verification: Lu Yingzi) 1121121