OpenAI CEO Sam Altman attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in San Francisco in this November 2023 file photo. Reuters-Yonhap AI mogul also meets with top executives of SK hynix Sam Altman, CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, visited a Samsung Electronics semiconductor factory in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, Friday, to discuss the joint development of chips for artificial intelligence (AI), according to industry officials. The American entrepreneur reportedly met with Kyung Kye-hyun, president of Samsung’s semiconductor unit, and a group of other ranking executives in charge of the memory chip and foundry operations, who guided the OpenAI CEO around the factory. It is unusual for the Korean company to show its semiconductor production lines to an outsider. Altman was expected to hold a meeting with Samsung Electronics Executive Chairman Lee Jae-yong. But an impending court ruling on Lee’s conspiracy allegations related to the controversial 2015 merger between Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries is reported to have created challenges for them to meet on this occasion. A semiconductor factory of Samsung Electronics in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province / Courtesy of Samsung Electronics A few hours after his visit to the Samsung factory, Altman reportedly had a separate meeting with SK hynix CEO Kwak Noh-jung. It remains unclear if their meeting was held at SK’s semiconductor plant in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province. Sources familiar with this issue said that the AI mogul was also scheduled to meet with SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won before leaving Korea on Friday evening. Both Samsung and SK declined to confirm whether their executives met Altman. The OpenAI CEO, who previously visited Korea last June, came here again on Thursday afternoon for a 19-hour stay. He was initially expected to stay in Korea for only around six hours. His decision to stay in Korea longer is perceived […]

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