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Over the weekend, OpenAI experienced turmoil as investors and some employees sought to rehire former Y Combinator president Sam Altman, who had been fired on Friday. However, according to an internal memo from Ilya Sutskever, a board director and co-founder of OpenAI, Altman has decided not to return as CEO. The search for a permanent CEO is ongoing, and in the interim, Emmett Shear, co-founder of Twitch, has been appointed as the interim CEO, replacing Mira Murati, who held the position for only two days. Shear's concern over AI's existential threats and his experience leading large engineering groups at Twitch reportedly influenced the board's decision. Murati, who was advocating for Altman, may have been replaced due to her stance. OpenAI has not yet commented on the situation.
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Microsoft has hired OpenAI co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman to lead a new advanced AI research team. This move comes after OpenAI's board unexpectedly dismissed Altman, leading to protests and departures from several OpenAI members, including Brockman. Microsoft, which has invested over $10 billion in OpenAI and acquired almost 50% ownership, remains committed to the startup. Altman and Brockman will be joined by other colleagues, and Microsoft is poised to provide the necessary resources for their success. Altman, who had been the public face of OpenAI, played a crucial role in the AI field and the startup's influence on other companies building on its offerings.
Mira Murati has been appointed as the interim CEO of OpenAI, while the company is searching for a permanent CEO successor. Sam Altman has been fired as CEO of OpenAI due to his lack of consistent communication with the board. Co-founder and president Greg Brockman will step down as chairman but remain at the company. Microsoft, a major investor in OpenAI, will continue to partner with the company. Altman is also the biggest shareholder in Humane and a co-founder of OpenAI. Elon Musk, another co-founder, left in 2018. OpenAI's board consists mostly of outsiders.
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SpaceX Cleared for Second Starship and Super Heavy Launch Test SpaceX has received FAA approval for the second test flight of its Starship rocket, scheduled for November 17th with a two-hour launch window starting at 8 AM ET. This follows an investigation into the first test in April, where the rocket self-destructed due to leaking propellant. SpaceX has implemented 63 FAA-required actions, including new systems and pad enhancements.
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