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OpenAI’s Misalignment and Microsoft’s Gain. ⇒

   22 November 2023, mid-afternoon

The preamble to this post is already out of date, but it’s otherwise a good discussion of the tension at the heart of everything happening at OpenAI right now.

Whether or not you agree with the Sutskever/Shear tribe, the board’s charter and responsibility is not to make money. This is not a for-profit corporation with a fiduciary duty to its shareholders; indeed, as I laid out above, OpenAI’s charter specifically states that it is “unconstrained by a need to generate financial return”. From that perspective the board is in fact doing its job, as counterintuitive as that may seem: to the extent the board believes that Altman and his tribe were not “build[ing] general-purpose artificial intelligence that benefits humanity” it is empowered to fire him; they do, and so they did.

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