Chatbot ChatGPT R&D company openedAyeCo-founder and CEO Sam Altman was suddenly fired on the 17th, and employees alsoinvestPeople tried unsuccessfully to restore the soul;MicrosoftThe company (Microsoft) announced on the 20th that it has appointed Atman and OpenAI co-founder and president Greg Brockman to join its artificial intelligence (AI) research and development team. In this personnel earthquake that has shaken the technology world, although many insider information is still unknown, The New York Times analyzed that OpenAI is the number one loser.
The New York Times reported on the 20th that the OpenAI controversy has not subsided, and the situation is changing rapidly. Many puzzles need to be solved, including why the board of directors fired Altman. A memo sent by the board of directors to employees on the evening of the 19th only mentioned that Spirit had lost the confidence of the board of directors. Taking stock of the gains and losses derived from this incident, the losers and winners are:
OpenAI is clearly the top loser. Before this crisis, OpenAI was a popular player in the technology world. The person in charge of the company was a celebrity, the product name was a household name, and its strong AI talents made other Silicon Valley giants envious. The tender proposal that is being negotiated may provide an opportunity to employees to earn money. But overnight the company fell into disarray, with top executives gone, employee morale low, a takeover bid in danger of falling apart, and a new CEO saying he wanted to slow down artificial intelligence. OpenAI actually relies heavily on Microsoft, and now Microsoft has established its own mini version of OpenAI under the leadership of Atman.
*Winner: Microsoft Corporation
Nothing can match the comeback of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella over the weekend. When Ataman was fired on the 17th, the outside world believed that Nadella had lost his most powerful ally. Microsoft’s total investment in OpenAI reached 13 billion yuan. The reinstatement of Ataman was the development that Nadella wanted. With their hopes dashed, they had to settle for the next best thing: directly integrating Atman, Brockman, and their working partners who were loyal to them into Microsoft.
*Winners: AI Doomsday and Effective Philanthropists
For many years, researchers and advocates who have warned that artificial intelligence systems could become too powerful have often been considered fringe voices. In recent years, they have gradually become more mainstream, and they have successfully called on many people to sign open letter campaigns. On the 17th, this force brought down the CEO of the world’s leading AI company.
The most active force fighting for the restoration of the Ataman comes from the investors and venture capitalists who support him, because the departure of the Ataman could cause them huge losses. Nowadays, investors’ money is stuck in companies whose future development is unclear. If they want to continue investing in Ataman’s new invention, they’ll have to buy Microsoft stock instead.
*Winning or losing is uncertain: OpenAI’s competitors
It remains to be seen whether Ataman’s departure will benefit the rivals or not. So Google, Anthropic and Meta may have the opportunity to catch up with OpenAI, or take the opportunity to attract OpenAI employees to change jobs, but these companies are also facing Microsoft which is more powerful. Has gone. After joining Microsoft, Ataman had vast resources at his disposal that were incomparable during his previous non-profit days.