What a week, glad it’s 100 percent over, and that all the storylines wrapped up nicely in time for Thanksgiving, with no remainders. Let’s cut right to the chase: Today’s story looks at all the angles surrounding OpenAI and Sam Altman, including some new dish on everything from how board member Helen Toner viewed the nonprofit charter, to the closed-door argument that Sam Altman got into with an OpenAI critic in a Stanford class just the other week.
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There are already multiple books being written about Sam Altman and OpenAI, and even more in the market this week, for good reason: On Friday, his board of directors, out of nowhere, forced him out; he staged a tremendously impressive counter-coup by mobilizing hundreds of his employees (including, incredibly, the original coup leader); and won the support of all his investors, including Microsoft, against the company, itself. Then, Altman promised to take his talents to Redmond, though that’s probably a head fake. In the process, much of...
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