Altman's Journey, Nvidia's Billions, and MC Hammer's Reboot: Top AI News of the Week

Our latest AI Digest covers the biggest breaking AI news of the week. Anywhere Club community leader, Viktar Shalenchanka, comments on the key stories.

Anywhere Club community leader, Viktar Shalenchanka

#1 — Sam Altman's Incredible Journey

— Perhaps the most heavily covered AI news in recent weeks came from OpenAI. On Friday, November 17, the OpenAI board of directors voted for the resignation of CEO and chief spokesperson Sam Altman. On Monday, the majority of OpenAI employees wrote resignation letters as a protest. A few days later, Altman was invited to join Microsoft. By the end of the week, he was returned to the CEO position at OpenAI. From an outsider perspective, it looked like a bit of a wild ride for Sam.

What happened? There are numerous possibilities — from a simple board conspiracy and behind-the-scenes intrigue, to something that resembles a conspiracy theory. Rumor has it that Altman's team may have come close to developing AGI (artificial general intelligence) — the type of AI that can perform almost any task instead of humans doing so. It's still unknown how close OpenAI is to developing AGI technology, but there's a chance we might get acquainted with it very soon.

#2 — Nvidia's Record Revenue

— At this point, the news agenda may seem more like a debate among conspiracy theorists and futurists, or as they are now called, tech thinkers and techno-optimists. Consider the fact that Nvidia reported a record revenue of $18.12 billion for the third quarter of 2023. The revenue of this company, which produces graphics cards and also chipsets for training neural networks, has been growing for several quarters. Currently, Nvidia is the largest player in the market, quietly earning billions in the AI boom.

#3 — From Rapper to Tech Investor

— The noise around OpenAI was so loud that even MC Hammer couldn't ignore it and asked them not to touch Sam Altman. It turns out that the former famous rapper, known for the hit "U Can’t Touch This," successfully rebooted himself after a bankruptcy and is now a tech investor and consultant. He owns stock in X (formerly Twitter), and collaborates with YouTube and Salesforce. Frankly, this is no less surprising than Altman's failed move to Microsoft.

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