Amid rumors of AI eating its own tail, Sam Altman and his loyalists going to an advanced AI research team within Microsoft sounds like a major exodus of talent and senior leadership in OpenAI, and maybe the end of its ability to get Billions of dollars in funding.
While some are calming it’s a great victory of Satya Nadella, I’m not so sure. Cannibalizing your biggest investment doesn’t usually turn out very well. Just one year after ChatGPT launches and Generative A.I. consolidation is already occurring? Given the moves of Inflection, Anthropic and Character.AI, BigTech was already at the doorstep of these startups.
But with OpenAI being torn in half, it seems like independent startups in Generative A.I. really cannot survive or keep up on their own, which means real innovation may be stunted.
With scars from the heyday of other hype cycles, Silicon Valley cronies in their Venture Capital towers don’t care about innovation, they just want to profit and Generative A.I. seems stuck in this loop.