Regardless of the Safety vs. Capitalism debate, where I think many people would be for #1, the way this situation unfolded clearly showed that it was not done in a professional manner.
You don’t fire the CEO of a company with no clear reason, and nothing specific you can mention in writing just after some major public events where the focus of the world was on the company. Regardless of where we stand on the main debate, I think we can all agree on that.
The timing and the process showed the need for change in Governance.
CEOs of other companies should take a look in the mirror, and wonder whether any of their employees including their replacement would do what we have seen the employees of OpenAI do in the past few days.
Then re-evaluate whether you are really the great leader you think you are, and where you can improve. Let us start with communication to begin with 😉
Whether you like Sam or not, I think it shows leadership when 95% of the company is ready to walk out with you. Like I mentioned earlier, if you truly believe and respect in someone, the best time to walk is when they are fired. It is hard, and probably almost impossible for someone on an H1b visa, but for almost everyone else it is doable.
The heartening part of the drama for me was when Greg walked out and Mira & Ilya signed onto the employee letter as well.
So, I see a great leader, who hired amazing people, who can walk the talk, and show that they are willing to stand by their principles.
IMHO, besides the free publicity from all this, I believe OpenAI has come out stronger, at the end of this. Kind of like fire just wiped away all that rust, and showed the steel underneath the surface. They just need to finish the job, kick out the rest of the board, get a great board and revamp the governance.
Microsoft is not that big bag wolf anymore under Satya Nadella and I think they have & will keep safety in mind. Satya comes from a humble background himself, so he will always have a finger on reality unlike those who arrived with silver spoons in their mouth. We can all agree we liked seeing Google dance 🕺 😆 a little. Dancing is good to keep things fresh & moving!
And ChatGPT is clearly not going to take over the world anytime soon. It is nowhere near that perfect yet, even if it is embedded in a lot of places and used everywhere.