What the OpenAI drama means for AI progress — and safety

Written by on November 26, 2023

OpenAI fired its charismatic chief executive, Sam Altman, on 17 November — but has now reinstated him.Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty

OpenAI — the company behind the blockbuster artificial intelligence (AI) bot ChatGPT — has been consumed by frenzied changes for almost a week. On 17 November, the company fired its charismatic chief executive, Sam Altman. Five days, and much drama, later, OpenAI announced that Altman would return with an overhaul of the company’s board.

The debacle has thrown the spotlight on an ongoing debate about how commercial competition is shaping the . . .

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