Former OpenAI board member explains why they fired Sam Altman

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  • 😯 Former OpenAI board member explains why they fired Sam Altman

  • 🔥 ‘Probably none of us will have a job' — Elon Musk predicts massive job losses due to AI

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  • 📰 AI News

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On November 17th, 2023, OpenAI’s board shocked everyone by suddenly ousting co-founder and CEO Sam Altman.

He had been overseeing one of the fastest-growing app launches in history with ChatGPT, so what happened? Former board member Helen Toner is filling in blank spaces in an interview on The TED AI Show podcast, providing her perspective on the events that caused board members to stop trusting Altman as well as how he eventually returned.

Toner says that one reason the board stopped trusting Altman was his failure to tell the board that he owned the OpenAI Startup Fund; another was how he gave inaccurate info about the company’s safety processes “on multiple occasions.”

Additionally, Toner says she was personally targeted by the CEO after she published a research paper that angered him. “Sam started lying to other board members in order to try and push me off the board,” she says.

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Speaking at the VivaTech 2024 conference in Paris, Elon Musk once again voiced his opinions on AI, saying, "In a benign scenario, probably none of us will have a job." This statement, if realized, could potentially reshape our societal structure.

Musk elaborated, "In that benign scenario, there would be universal high income, not universal basic income ... there would be no shortage of goods or services."

To him, this is the most likely scenario, with an estimated 80% chance of transpiring. However, he didn't shy away from addressing the darker possibilities, saying that when robots and AI can do everything better than humans, life could lose its meaning.

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  • 🛟 Anthropic hires former OpenAI safety lead to head up new team (link)

  • ⌚️ Galaxy AI is coming to new Galaxy Watch for more motivational health (link)

  • 🇨🇳 China’s $47B semiconductor fund puts chip sovereignty front and center (link)

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