OpenAI Saga: UNO Game and What it All Means For AI


This report navigates the complex OpenAI saga, framing it as a strategic game of UNO. Beginning with Sam Altman’s abrupt ousting, the narrative delves into conflicts like the “non-profit” to “for-profit” shift and the clash between Superalignment and Effective Accelerationism. It explores the paradox of the Superalignment problem, debates between ‘Doomers’ and ‘Boomers,’ and the regulatory landscape. Microsoft’s strategic maneuvers, talent wars, and the role of social media (Agent X) are analyzed, providing a concise yet comprehensive overview of the evolving dynamics shaping the future of artificial intelligence.

Table of Contents:


• The Game: Sam Altman, the board, the firing
• First ‘reverse’ card: Altman tries to fire back
• Second ‘reverse’ card: Sutskever regrets decision to vote against Altman
• Third ‘reverse’ card: Board hires new CEO
• Fourth ‘reverse’ card: Altman hired by Microsoft
• The Wild Card #1: Anthropic
• The Wild Card #2: Adam D’Angelo
• ‘UNO!’ – The final card is played…or is it?


• Mismatch between “non-profit” and “for-profit”
• Conflict between Superalignment and E/Acc
• The paradox of the Superalignment problem
• Doomer vs Boomer
• Role of Regulation
• “Chaos is a ladder”: Microsoft’s master move
• AI companies are nothing without their talent; hiring wars surface
• Agent X and the role of the public square

Number of Pages: 8

Publishing Date: November 2023



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