Inside OpenAI’s Crisis Over the Future of Artificial Intelligence

An illustration of Sam Altman and Satya Nadella on a phone call. Around noon on Nov. 17, Sam Altman , the chief executive of OpenAI, logged into a video call from a luxury hotel in Las Vegas. He was in the city for its inaugural Formula 1 race , which had drawn 315,000 visitors including Rihanna and Kylie Minogue. Mr. Altman, who had parlayed the success of OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot into personal stardom beyond the tech world, had a meeting lined up that day with Ilya Sutskever, the chief scientist of the artificial intelligence start-up. But when the call started, Mr. Altman saw that Dr. Sutskever was not alone — he was virtually flanked by OpenAI’s three independent board members. Instantly, Mr. Altman knew something was wrong. Unbeknownst to Mr. Altman, Dr. Sutskever and the three board members had been whispering behind his back for months. They believed Mr. […]

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