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Amid growing regulatory scrutiny, Microsoft and Apple relinquish seats on OpenAI board

Microsoft and Apple will no longer have seats on OpenAI’s board of directors, according to media outlets such as Financial TimesHe Bloomberg and the Axios websiteThe companies’ decision comes at a time when both US and EU regulators have already expressed concern about the relationship between large technology companies and Opening working on the development of artificial intelligence (AI) models.

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Microsoft, which has already channeled $13 billion investment in ChatGPT creatoryou will have sent a letter to start up announce the decision to leave the board of directors with “immediate effect.” Microsoft had a seat on the board ‘board’ as an observer, meaning without voting rights. This was one of the decisions that emerged from the turmoil in November, when the board of directors removed Sam Altman from the company’s leadership. At the time, Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, admitted that Altman’s departure had taken the company by surprise. The executive returned, after a few days, to the leadership of OpenAI.

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Oh axios He quotes some more extracts from the letter sent by Microsoft, which justifies the acceptance of the position “at a time when OpenAI was in the process of rebuilding its board of directors.” “This post gave us information about the activities of the ‘board’ “We have been able to continue to work together to ensure that we have a balanced and balanced approach without compromising our independence and we are grateful for the opportunity to have been an observer during this period of change.” But now, after eight months, the company believes that it has “already seen significant progress in the newly formed board of directors” and says it has “confidence in the direction of the company.” “Taking all this into account, we no longer consider our limited role as observer necessary,” the company says. Axios.

Apple, which announced in June a partnership with OpenAI to integrate ChatGPT AI into the iPhone, also had plans to take a place in board. The plan failed, a source reveals to the Financial times. Apple declined to comment on the matter.

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OpenAI will choose to hold regular meetings with prominent partners such as Microsoft and Apple, and major investors, a list that includes Thrive Capital and Khosla Ventures. The idea will already be part of the “new approach to informing and involving strategic partners” in the company’s decisions, says a spokesperson for the company. This decision will be linked to the arrival of Sarah Friar, who was recently hired as OpenAI’s first CFO.

Speaking to BloombergOpenAI does not comment directly on the two companies’ departures from the board, but thanks “Microsoft for voicing its confidence in the board and the company’s leadership.”

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OpenAI’s board of directors consists of eight members: Bret Taylor, former co-CEO of Salesforce; Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI; Adam D’Angelo of Quora; Larry Summers, former US Treasury Secretary; Sue Desmond-Hellman, former director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; retired general Paul M. Nakasone; attorney Nicole Seligman; and Fidji Simo, CEO of grocery delivery company Instacart.

Regulators have expressed concern about the relationship between Microsoft and OpenAI, as much of the Windows owner’s AI strategy relies on models developed by start upBut it is not the only one, since the American regulator FTC also indicated at the beginning of the year its willingness to analyze the investments made by other technological giants in companies in the sector, such as Amazon’s investment in Anthropic, the company responsible for the development of chatbot Claudius.

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Source: Observadora

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