The messy, secretive reality behind OpenAI’s bid to save the world

The AI moonshot was founded in the spirit of transparency. This is the inside story of how competitive pressure eroded that idealism.

Whoah. This is a long read, and it's a fascinating one. I've been following (and linking to) OpenAI since its inception, and it's been clear that both the internal operations and the external perception have shifted over time. I hadn't really dug in to try to figure out what was driving that shift, but fortunately someone much more qualified did that for me.

This piece weaves a compelling narrative that includes things like the lab's decrease in transparency, increased reliance on external funding, and changes in governance and leadership. Given the centrality of OpenAI in the ecosystem today, this is a good read if you want more context behind the stream of press releases.


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