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Messages from the archive of Rutherford Corridor, important communications strategist
Guys, guys, guys, we actually shouldn’t be ranging from right here. Ordinarily you name me in earlier than you fireplace the charismatic founder who’s idolised by your buyers. That method I can say issues like “don’t”. Or “let’s work up a communications technique that may erode public and investor confidence in Sam Altman so now we have at the very least an opportunity of persuading folks there could be a great motive”.
We may have a look at whether or not there may be any private behaviour we are able to use as justification or, failing that, some darkish secret we’d be capable of trace at despite the fact that we don’t have any proof to again it up. A talented comms crew would quietly transient a number of favoured journalists that there’s “extra to return out right here”. This could persuade them to hedge their bets when reporting this. “Lack of candour” isn’t adequate. Frankly it will get you employed in my enterprise.
Additionally I’d add that elliptical bulletins that don’t really inform anybody why this has occurred should not your pal in these conditions.
The precedence now could be to get our message out. Why Sam needed to go. The factor in your favour is that, as a not-for-profit board overseeing the business arm, you’re principally the Committee for Public Security. If we are able to present his vaulting ambition threatened humanity we are able to nonetheless flip this spherical however pace is of the essence. I’m unsure establishing a separate enterprise to maneuver into the chip market sounds that unhealthy? Who amongst us hasn’t arrange a multibillion-dollar aspect hustle? We actually want to point out he wished to construct terminators or promote your expertise to the North Koreans, one thing like that. And Microsoft wanted to know his silly ambitions would get the corporate aggressively regulated.
Please get again to me on that ASAP. Rutherford.
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I’m sorry I actually don’t perceive a phrase of that. I don’t know what Foom means. Is it unhealthy? You’ve bought the chief scientist onside so are you able to get him on the market? Sooner or later folks will begin signing the letter of help threatening to give up as a hedge in case Sam comes again. Issues at the moment are so unhealthy we’re all referring to Sam as “Sam”. Usually you want a reputation like Elon to be talked of that method. Even Larry Web page was solely Larry as a result of it was all the time Sergey and Larry.
And what did you anticipate from the buyers? What do you suppose enterprise capitalists are on this for? The great of humanity? A childlike fascination with expertise? On the upside I believe now we have found the important flaw in OpenAI’s cut up mission and company construction. It appears we left the protection of humanity within the palms of a gaggle of people that can’t even compose an honest press launch. Rutherford
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WhatsApp to OpenAI Board: I simply bought a message that the chief scientist has left this group. Additionally that Sam has joined Microsoft. The Doomsday clock is ticking right here guys.
WhatsApp to OpenAI Board: What do you imply the chief scientist has signed a letter from workers demanding Sam’s return? Have you ever reached out to workers to clarify why this transfer was crucial?
WhatsApp to OpenAI Board: So principally all of the workers have now signed the letter. Keep in mind that scene in 2001 the place the pc decides it must kill the astronauts? For those who can’t shield your self from people how are you going to outwit a synthetic intelligence?
WhatsApp to OpenAI Board: What! You possibly can’t announce you’ve introduced him again with out getting some circumstances or acknowledgment of your issues.
WhatsApp to OpenAI Board: I see. Effectively the one comms recommendation I can provide then is to see if ChatGPT is any good at letters of resignation.
WhatsApp to OpenAI Board: Is anybody left on this group?
Bret, congratulations. It’s clear you’ll be the brand new broom that was wanted. BTW, love your spelling of Bret — we should always be capable of get you on a first-name foundation very quickly. Nice transfer on the board adjustments. It’s important OpenAI is best at speaking to key stakeholders so getting Larry Summers, one of many world’s nice empaths, on to the board was a stroke of genius. Clearly you wanted some adjustments however I’m frightened in regards to the optics of the gender steadiness. If you’re safeguarding humanity it could be good to have at the very least one consultant of fifty per cent of it.
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WhatsApp to GPT: When can you are taking over?
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