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Sam Altman says Elon Musk is an “idiot” but also a “talent magnet” in OpenAI


Sam Altman and Elon Musk They don’t have the best work and friendship relationships. That becomes clear over time as the two characters share more details of their breakup as partners.

Not everyone knows, but the two subjects share a close past, because they are involved in the creation of OpenAI, the company focuses on the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that end in programming in ChatGPT and DALL-E.

Musk is one of the first partners and investors in this project, along with Sam Altman and other Silicon Valley figures, such as Peter Thiel, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, and Y Combinator co-founder Jessica Livingston.

Things, as we have already reported in a recent chronicle, went out of proportion and harmony when Elon Musk tried to control OpenAI, which led to his dismissal from the company, leaving the company without access to the tycoon’s funds.

Fortunately, Altman and the rest of the team found a way to keep the company going and then fuel the growth we’ve seen around ChatGPT. A watershed that Musk completely missed.

Elon has now founded his own company in Artificial Intelligence and at every possible opportunity has severely criticized OpenAI. Now the CEO, who is also his former friend, has responded to the diatribes.

A “talent magnet” and “an idiot”: this is what Sam Altman thinks about Elon Musk and his time at OpenAI

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI and therefore currently responsible for the future of ChatGPT, spoke about the history of the company in the latest episode of the podcast In Good Company with Nicolai Tangen, not avoiding the subject of Elon Musk.

There, the executive described in a succinct and painful way what the experience of partnering with Elon was and chose a series of descriptions with different adjectives to describe the experience:

“Elon was definitely a magnet for talent and attention, sure, and he also had some real superpowers that were very useful to us in the early days, apart from all that stuff.”

In the episode, Altman goes into great detail about the current state of the company and all kinds of challenges they face. However, the surprising thing is how passionate he is when discussing the subject of Elon Musk.

Especially if we remember that in March of the same year, 2023, the head of OpenAI was interviewed in the podcast On With Kara Swisher, where his opinion about Musk was even worse:

“I mean, he’s an idiot, whatever you want to say about him, he’s got a style that’s not a style I’d want for myself.”

Has Sam Altman softened his stance on Elon Musk? Time will tell the answer.

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