Sam Altman finally returns to OpenAI’s board of directors

Sam Altman finally returns to OpenAI’s board of directors

Sam Altman returns to OpenAI. The co-founder of the company that publishes ChatGPT, a leading generative artificial intelligence program, was fired four months ago, causing a major governance crisis.

In a press release published on Friday, OpenAI announced the addition of three new members to its board, Sue Desmond-Hellmannformer CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nicole Seligman, a former president of Sony and Fiji Simo, the head of Instacart and former director of Facebook’s mobile application, as well the return of Sam Altman to the board.

The thirty-year-old was abruptly fired by the former CA in mid-November, due to lack of “transparency”, rehired a few days later, after protests from executives and the vast majority of OpenAI employees.

WilmerHale, an independent firm responsible for investigating this crisis, believed that “Sam Altman’s conduct did not warrant his dismissal,” according to another OpenAI press release on Friday. Office “noticed a breach of trust between the former board of directors and Mr. Altman, who precipitated the events of November 17,” the company said.

The former CA hoped to “mitigate the consequences internal management problems and did not anticipate that his actions would destabilize the company,” WilmerHale attorneys said.

They further believe that their decision “was not driven by concerns about product safety or security, the pace of development, OpenAI’s financials, or its representations to investors, customers or business partners” – as much reasons mentioned in the American press after the crisis.

OpenAI emphasized the experience of the three new members “in leading international organizations and managing complex regulatory environments, especially in the field of technology.”

“Ensuring that AI benefits all humanity”

“Their experience and leadership will enable the board to oversee OpenAI’s growth and ensure we continue OpenAI’s mission ofe ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all humanity” said Bret Taylor, chairman of OpenAI’s board of directors, quoted in the press release.

The success of ChatGPT at the end of 2022 propelled its creator to the rank of star of Silicon Valley and launched the trend for generative AI (production of content on simple request in everyday language).

For Sam Altman and his colleagues, the goal is improve technology to provide comparable or greater cognitive capabilities with that of humans – what they call ‘general AI’.

“We recognize the importance of our role in driving these fundamental new technologies for the benefit of all,” said Bret Taylor. According to the Wall Street Journal, the US stock market watchdog (SEC) examines Sam Altman’s internal communications as part of an investigation into the November crisis.

Musk files a lawsuit against OpenAI

Last week, Elon Musk, one of the co-founders of OpenAI, said: has filed a complaint against the companyin which Sam Altman and current management are accused of “betraying” its original mission – its bylaws as a nonprofit required it to work for the good of humanity and design AI programs in “open source” (accessible, adaptable, usable and redistributable by anyone).

The boss of Tesla, SpaceX and X (ex-Twitter) left the organization in 2018 and founded his own AI company, xAI, last year. He mainly criticizes OpenAI because of the collaboration with Microsoft, in which it has invested about $13 billion in start-ups in recent years.

The two companies market AI services to developers and individuals, competing in this area with Google and other technology giants. The Windows maker had supported Sam Altman and obtained an observer seat on the council following the dismissal of members critical of the boss in November.

On Tuesday, Sam Altman and management laid out their counterarguments to Elon Musk’s complaint, showing that their former colleague was not opposed to the idea of ​​transformation OpenAI to carry out its mission: building general AI for the public good.

In 2017, “we all understood that we were going to get something need much more capital to achieve our mission – billions of dollars per year, which was far more than anyone, especially Elon, thought we could raise as a nonprofit,” they explain in part.

The American Competition Authority announced at the end of January research investments from Microsoft, Google and Amazon in leading generative artificial intelligence startups, OpenAI and Anthropic.

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