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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

OpenAI's Altman Crowned Time's CEO of the Year

Sam Altman, the founder of OpenAI, has been named "CEO of the Year" by Time magazine, a testament to his remarkable comeback and the significant strides made by his company in artificial intelligence (AI).

Altman, who recently reclaimed control of OpenAI from a rebellious board, is once again at the forefront of AI development. He believes that creating superintelligence will be a society-wide project, with OpenAI playing a significant role unless they "really screw up badly."

Following Altman's temporary ouster, OpenAI was thrown into chaos. However, the majority of the company's employees rallied behind him, threatening to join him at Microsoft unless he was reinstated. The board capitulated, and Altman returned triumphantly as CEO, with the initial board comprising Bret Taylor as chair, Larry Summers, and Adam D’Angelo.

Altman has outlined three immediate priorities for OpenAI: advancing the research plan, improving and deploying products to serve customers, and expanding the board. The company is eagerly awaiting the findings of the board's independent review.

OpenAI's flagship product, ChatGPT, celebrated its first anniversary on November 30th. A UBS study released in February estimated that ChatGPT had reached 100 million active users in January, just two months after its launch, making it one of the fastest-growing consumer applications in history.

Altman's recognition as Time's CEO of the Year is a testament to his leadership and the incredible impact of OpenAI in the realm of artificial intelligence.

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