OpenAI's chaos does not add up

Update: this post has been instantly demoted from #1 to #26 on HN frontpage :) Hmm.

A list of things that a coherent story does not make:

  • Sam Altman crafts an elaborate non-profit structure but gets completely blindsided by the possibility of the board overthrowing them.

  • Microsoft invests $10 billion but apparently has no checks in place to know what's happening with their investment.

  • The board moves quickly to sack the CEO but then falls completely silent, thus almost intentionally losing the communication war.

  • Sam Altman says he wants to develop AI for the benefit of humanity yet at the first possible moment he sets up a deal that sells 49% of their endeavor to Microsoft.

  • After getting kicked out of OpenAI, his first move is to start a brain drain campaign and move their operations under the wings of Microsoft.

  • Ilya is never actually publicly blamed for the coup but is logically assumed to be at fault. He does not communicate at all… until posting a regretful apology for merely "participating" in the board's actions.

  • The board is made up seemingly random selection of people, one of them leading a potential OpenAI competitor.