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  • Voltaire Staff

OpenAI approached rival Anthropic's CEO for top job

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OpenAI's board reportedly approached Dario Amodei, CEO of rival firm Anthropic, in efforts to replace former chief Sam Altman and explore the potential of merging the two AI startups, according to Reuters.

Amodei declined both offers, sources familiar with the matter disclosed.

OpenAI had on Friday fired its CEO Sam Altman and removed from its board Greg Brockman, who later resigned from the chairmanship of the AI firm.

The two were on Monday hired by Microsoft for its latest AI advance research team.

The OpenAI board has since appointed ex-Twitch CEO Emmett Shear as the non-profit's interim chief.

The top-level culling has been far from smooth for OpenAI with nearly all of its 700+ employees, including a board executive, threatening to resign since Altman's ouster.

Anthropic's co-founders, former OpenAI executives until 2020, parted ways due to disagreements on ensuring safe development and governance of AI. Anthropic has received investments from tech giants Google and Amazon. Their AI models, specifically the Claude AI models, have vied for recognition in the field against OpenAI's GPT series.

The partnership between Microsoft and OpenAI has been mutually advantageous, with Microsoft leveraging OpenAI's developments like Bing Chat and Windows Copilot to enhance its products.

Microsoft chief Satya Nadella emphasised their long-term commitment in a blog post, highlighting access to OpenAI's resources for their innovation agenda and product roadmap.


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