Ex-OpenAI board member breaks silence...

PLUS: Elon unleashes Grok!

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OpenAI’s former board member Helen Toner is finally speaking out — detailing the events that led up to Sam Altman’s ousting last month.

Her account sheds more light on the juicy drama, revealing a feud over a critical paper prompting a power struggle. Let’s investigate…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • Helen Toner speaks on Altman's firing

  • Grok begins rolling out to X Premium+ users

  • 9 new AI tools to try

  • How to get inspired with AI visualizations

  • Meta unveils high-fidelity VR avatars

  • Inflection’s Pi chatbot comes to Android

  • Scientists build cyborg rescue bugs

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The Rundown: OpenAI board member Helen Toner spoke out about the tense boardroom drama that saw her vote to oust CEO Sam Altman in a new interview with The Wall Street Journal.

The details:

  • Toner denies AI safety concerns drove Altman's firing, instead citing eroded trust.

  • The two had clashed prior to the firing over a paper she co-authored in October on AI safety, which Altman felt was too critical of OpenAI.

  • Altman supposedly tried swaying directors to remove her, with his allies publicly attacking her credentials and priorities.

  • Toner said she was surprised by employee loyalty to Altman but that OpenAI's duty isn't to his leadership but its mission of ‘ensuring AGI benefits all humanity’.

Why it matters: The behind-the-scenes drama from one of the wildest company situations in history continues to drip out. These details paint the feud as more of a power struggle than an existential crisis towards uncontrollable AI systems.


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The Rundown: Elon Musk just announced that xAI’s ChatGPT competitor Grok is officially rolling out to X Premium+ subscribers, unleashing the Twitter-trained uncensored chatbot to the public for the first time.

The details:

  • Grok is only rolling out to US-based Premium+ users for now.

  • Grok uses real-time data from Twitter/X to source responses, apparently even scraping our post for the latest AI news.

  • The edgy chatbot is positioned as an uncensored, ‘anti-woke,’ rebellious alternative to competitors — answering questions that would be avoided or refused by ChatGPT.

  • The release comes on the heels of a reported SEC filing that xAI is looking to raise up to $1B in investment.

The relevance: The real-time info access to Twitter/X sets Grok massively apart from the alternatives — but questions remain on how the team at xAI will filter out the disinformation/noise on the platform. More to come…


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Inflection just announced that its personal AI chatbot Pi is now available for Android users in the Google Play store. The supportive companion was also recently upgraded to Inflection-2, which the company hails as a more capable model with ‘dramatically improved reasoning’.

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