OpenAI: it takes more than good intentions to be successful at a coup

Monday November 20th 2023 by socraticDev

At the end of the day last Friday, the OpenAI board of directors surprised the world technology by firing their CEO Sam Altman.

Sam Altman is a charismatic American entrepreneur working in the world of tech startups and financing through venture capital investment (venture capitalism).

His goal with OpenAI was to package artificial intelligence to put it in the hands of the general public.

OpenAI is a non-profit organization known as the world leader in artificial intelligence. The ChatGPT chatbot was notably developed by them.

"ChatGPT, which stands for Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer, is a large language model-based chatbot developed by OpenAI and launched on November 30, 2022, that enables users to refine and steer a conversation towards a desired length, format, style, level of detail, and language. Successive prompts and replies, known as prompt engineering, are considered at each conversation stage as a context."

incredible sequence of events

Friday November 17, the dismissal of Sam Altman surprised the entire community because Altman is a character appreciated by all and having clearly not committed no serious one.

Saturday, November 18, the council recused itself and requested the return of Altman.

Sunday November 19, Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft) announces on X(twitter) the arrival of Sam Altman at the Redmond giant.

Monday November 20, a majority of OpenAI employees (scientists specialized in artificial intelligence), in a public letter, requested the dissolution of the board of directors and threatened to leave to join Sam Altman at Microsoft.

concrete conclusions

Microsoft becomes the dominant player in artificial intelligence.

Sam Altman, representing people who want to accelerate the development of artificial intelligence, brilliantly resisted the poorly prepared attack of remainder of the board of directors; especially from its principal researcher Ilya Sustskever.

"philosophical" conclusions

The OpenAI saga of the weekend before Thanksgiving demonstrates how idealism can blind people with some power. In order to reach one's goal, pragmatic realism and mastery of politics, strategy and diplomacy is paramount.

I use the term idealist to describe the members of the council OpenAI admin. To emphasize their disconnection with reality and, above all, the arrogance of banking on a coup to advance their agenda.

The council was caught in the act of self-sabotage. They lost the confidence of a large part of their employees and have become patsies in the tech community.

With OpenAI and the firing of Sam Altman, the Board of Directors has probably lacked prudence and judgment.

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