OpenAI board goes INSANE

PLUS: Amazon's major new AI learning initiative

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

The OpenAI drama is far from over  with new details emerging, including a wild flip, a Microsoft takeover, staff threats, and more.

Can OpenAI survive a company-wide revolt? Lets dive in

In todays AI rundown:

  • The OpenAI saga continues

  • Amazon provides free skills training with AI Ready

  • 10 new AI tools to try

  • How to craft a stylish new signature with AI

  • Microsoft muzzles AI Disney poster trend

  • C3 AI fires staffers, cites performance & costs

  • Runway amps up creative control with new features

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OPENAI

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The Rundown: The OpenAI saga continued on Monday, with chief scientist Ilya Sutskever flipping his support, a potential return for Sam Altman, employees signing a letter calling on the board to resign, and CEO drama.

If youre just getting started with this real-life soap opera, check out yesterdays newsletter to get up to speed.

Todays updates:

  • Sutskever, who initially appeared to be one of the main drivers in Altmans firing, flipped his support signing the employee letter and tweeting that he deeply regretted his participation.

  • Despite the initial tweet from Nadella, Sam Altman joining Microsoft is not a done deal and that he is still trying to return to OpenAI.

  • Over 745 of 770 OpenAI employees have signed a letter to the board, threatening to join Microsoft unless board members resign.

  • Interim CEO Emmett Shear posted a 30-day plan for the company.

  • In a report from The Information, it appears Emmett Shear was not the first pick as CEO.

  • Alexandr Wang (CEO of Scale AI) and Nat Friedman (Former CEO of GitHub) both declined the offer before Emmett.

  • Lastly, the OpenAI board approached Anthropic (OpenAIs top competitor) for a potential MERGER but was declined.

Our thoughts: This saga looks far from over  with plenty of maneuvering still happening behind the scenes. Will Altman return to OpenAI or recreate the company under a new Microsoft branch? Did power drive the move by the board, or did some new advancement scare them?

More to come as the story unfolds

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The Rundown: Amazon just announced a new commitment to provide free AI skills training to 2 million people globally by 2025 through their "AI Ready" initiative which includes free courses, scholarships, and more.

The details:

  • AI Ready includes 8 new free online AI courses aligned with in-demand jobs for both business and technical audiences.

  • A $12 million scholarship program with Udacity will provide 50K students with access to a generative AI course.

  • A new study from AWS found strong employer demand for AI skills, with AI-related salaries also coming in up to 47% higher.

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QUICK HITS

Following a trend of Disney-style movie posters via AI generators, Microsoft moved to block the term "Disney" on Bings image generator to squash the viral craze. The action raises questions around copyright and training, as well as Disneys grapple with AI amid previous backlash around its use.

AI software maker C3.ai reportedly cut an unknown number of workers for "performance" reasons and to reduce costs. With layoffs mounting across tech, the company blamed individual workers amid its own struggles to gain profitability.

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THATS A WRAP

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