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On Friday, OpenAI fired CEO Sam Altman in a surprise move that led to the resignation of President Greg Brockman and three senior scientists. The move also blindsided key investor and minority owner Microsoft, reportedly making CEO Satya Nadella furious. As Friday night wore on, reports emerged that the ousting was likely orchestrated by Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever over concerns about the safety and speed of OpenAI's tech deployment.
"This was the board doing its duty to the mission of the nonprofit, which is to make sure that OpenAI builds AGI that benefits all of humanity," Sutskever told employees at an emergency all-hands meeting on Friday afternoon, as reported by The Information.
Internally at OpenAI, insiders say that disagreements had emerged over the speed at which Altman was pushing for commercialization and company growth, with Sutskever arguing to slow things down. Sources told reporter Kara Swisher that OpenAI's Dev Day event hosted November 6, with Sam front and center in a keynote pushing consumer-like products was an "inflection moment of Altman pushing too far, too fast."
Maybe so, maybe not; but one thing is hard to deny - OpenAI is owned by a non-profit and supposed to be developing whatever it's developing with safety and humanitarian interests in mind first according to their own stated business philosophy, whereas Altman was pretty obviously pushing hard to turn it into just the next big profitable Tech Company, likely with an eye toward market domination and monopolism because that is the Techbro Dream. Whether achieving AGI is a pipe-dream in the end or not, getting rid of Altman if he was becoming profit-focused is one of the most laudable moves any tech company has ever made.THEY ARE NOT BUILDING AGI
Spicy autocomplete is a dead end if your goal is AI.
Do they actually believe their snake oil in the C-suite? Dang.
The internet is looking like it is today because people are lazy, simple as that. It is us who gave the tech bros so much power in their hands, because we are too lazy to use the fediverse, use Facebook instead of something else, Twitter instead of Mastodon, to use own photo galleries instead of Flickr, Discord instead of Mumble and so on, Gmail instead of email...Like imagine if years and years and years ago Google, the single original company which had "Don't be evil" literally written into its original business plan and company CoC, noticed what Lex Bezos was doing and went to him and were like "Bro, you're starting to be kind of evil, sorry" and fired him. The internet would be a different place right now. Yeah we can be cynical and say that it might not be and maybe just some other company that was okay with being evil would just rise in its stead and today the 80% of the internet would look exactly the same with Yahoo everywhere instead of Google, but maybe it wouldn't.
That makes me a little sad. If OpenAI has already capitulated and Altman gets his job back, I think that will basically mark the end of OpenAI as an idealistic nonprofit that wants to enforce responsible AI research. He will get his profit-driven big Tech company.Hrm...
I feel like a huge downward swing was when Google made a one two pinch killing personal blog. They used to have Google Blog Search, as its own seperate tab that returned JUST blogs. They folded it into I think Google News. Now Joe Blow's blog about caterpillars or whatever is SEO competing with 1000 corporate owned news sites that have probably mentioned caterpillar in some passing way so he never gets found.Facebook, Twitter, "social media", all that jazz - those all came later. They were born because Google had already ruined the internet and set the stage for them.
Well, since I am still feeding mails from my own mail server to Gmail: you need as minimum to have SPF or DKIM implemented. And better have some rate limiting in place, because Gmail is really picky about that.Before gmail I ran my own mail server, but the hoops you have to jump through to get your mail accepted by the likes of Google made that too hard.
I agree - I'm just saying, the biggest evangelists for those beliefs and views at OpenAI were Altman and Brockman, and OpenAI just (tried to) kicked them out.Again, nothing OpenAI has done so far has been "responsible". If they were interested in being responsible they'd be paying for their source data. But of course their business model couldn't afford that.
Seriously, what they think of as being "responsible" has nothing to do with real world here-and-now concerns, and everything to do with transhumanism and singularitarian eschatology. It's basically religion.