Breaking: OpenAI board in discussions with Sam Altman to return as CEO
From the department of Life Comes At You Fast:
Altman holding talks with the company just a day after he was ousted indicates that OpenAI is in a state of free-fall without him. Hours after he was axed, Greg Brockman, OpenAI’s president and former board chairman, resigned, and the two have been talking to friends about starting another company. A string of senior researchers also resigned on Friday, and people close to OpenAI say more departures are in the works.
Today we learned (as if we couldn't have guessed) that Satya Nadela was furious at the news of Altman's ouster. It's not hard to imagine why: OpenAI's top talent could all be gone by Monday, start a new company they actually own shares of, and let OpenAI fall apart. If that comes to pass, something tells me the only "thermonuclear" lawsuit to be born this weekend will have been Microsoft's, in a bid to extract every last dollar it invested in OpenAI.
Anyway, you're not alone if you're feeling whiplash. Makes me wonder if Steve Jobs had access to our current era's instantaneous communication channels the day he was kicked out of Apple, would his acolytes have mobilized to such great extent that the board would have felt pressured to bring him back the very next day? (I doubt it.)