Sam Altman back! Who is in and out in OpenAI

by codingstreets

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After several days of crisis and tumult, Sam Altman has returned as the CEO of OpenAI. Three new board members have replaced the previous leadership that ousted Altman.

OpenAI’s new board doesn’t appear to be fully built. Negotiations are reportedly underway to install representation from Microsoft or other major investors.

Here are the newest members of OpenAI’s board

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Bret Taylor is currently a board member at the e-commerce platform Shopify. He’s also the former co-CEO of Salesforce and was Twitter’s final board chair prior to Elon Musk’s acquisition of the social media platform.

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Bret Taylor

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Larry Summers served as Treasury secretary during the Clinton administration and was the president of Harvard University. An economist by training, Summers also led the Obama administration’s National Economic Council during the Global Financial Crisis.

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Larry Summers

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Adam D’Angelo is the only member of OpenAI’s previous board who still holds a seat. D’Angelo is the CEO of Quora, a platform where users can publicly ask and answer questions. He is also developing an AI chat platform called Poe, which he announced in February.

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Adam D’Angelo

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Here’s who’s no longer on OpenAI’s board

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Helen Toner is a researcher and director of strategy and foundational research grants at Georgetown University. Toner offered what could be seen as public criticism of OpenAI in an October paper, a decision with which Altman reportedly took issue. She was one of the directors involved in pushing Altman out.

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Helen Toner

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Tasha McCauley joined OpenAI’s board in 2018. She is an adjunct senior management scientist at Rand Corporation, and formerly served as the CEO of GeoSim Systems, which developed an automated city modeling system.

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Tasha McCauley

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Ilya Sutskever co-founded OpenAI and serves as its chief scientist. He also aligned himself, for a time, with the board members who ousted Altman. Sutskever co-led OpenAI alongside president Greg Brockman, an idea that Altman at the time described as “non-traditional.”

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Ilya Sutskever

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What's  next?

Semafor reported that Altman had been pushing for months to add more directors at OpenAI, and reports suggest it’s unlikely that OpenAI’s board will remain this small.