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    The Rundown: OpenAI’s upheaval raises new questions about the industry’s generative AI players

    OpenAI’s current mercurial state is prompting plenty of questions about what the fallout might mean for the future of generative AI.

    It’s been a chaotic few days in the AI world. On Friday, OpenAI’s board unexpectedly ousted cofounder and CEO Sam Altman and removed both Altman and Greg Brockman — OpenAI’s cofounder and president — from the startup’s board. On Monday, OpenAI named former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear as OpenAI’s interim CEO after initially naming CTO Mira Murati as the interim CEO. The same day, Microsoft hired Altman and Brockman to lead a new “advanced AI research team” while hundreds of OpenAI employees threatened to quit unless Altman was reinstated.

    There’s been plenty of speculation about what led to Altman’s ouster. Meanwhile, some of OpenAI’s partners have been left in the dark about internal updates — something investors and even Microsoft have also reportedly experienced. However, some tech experts say it’s maybe a good thing the chaos is happening early in AI’s adoption cycle before companies are deeply dependent on OpenAI’s technology. Others say the uncertainty within the AI leader might even give competitors a chance to catch up.

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