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Sam Altman Returns as OpenAI CEO After Being Fired from the Board by Dimple Dang
Episode 8822nd November 2023 • Mesmerizing Marketing™ • Dimple Dang
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Welcome to the mesmerizing marketing

podcast, where we take a deep dive

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into the latest marketing trends,

tools, and tips, and provide you with

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the top resources you need to thrive

and make your marketing mesmerizing.

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And now here's your host Dimple Dang.

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Hello, and welcome back to mesmerizing

marketing podcast and today's episode.

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We're going to be unpacking the

chain of events from the riveting

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Sam Altman story from Silicon valley.

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The rollercoaster journey of opening.

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I found her Sam Altman from his

firing to a dramatic rehiring.

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The story is not just about corporate

maneuvers, but it's also a narrative

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that inter wines, the future of AI.

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Also ethics and the power

dynamics and the tech world.

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So let's unpack this soap opera.

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So imagine this a regular Friday

and the tech world suddenly turns

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extra ordinary with the news of

Sam Altman's firing from open AI.

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Even me, I had to do a

double-take on Twitter.

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I was like, oh, No, no, no.

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Sam Altman is a pivotal

figure in the AI landscape.

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He was dismissed under some

very mysterious circumstances.

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, they just said that.

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They didn't like the way that

he was handling certain things.

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And that really left the whole tech

community buzzing with speculation.

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And to me personally, I think

that sounds a little ruthless.

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And it was quite mysterious.

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I mean, after all, he's the

one who built up the company.

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He's . The mastermind behind

everything and the board comes in

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and they decide to just let them go.

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And I don't know what kind of brilliant

plan they had that they thought

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that OpenAI would actually do well

without them around and just bringing

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someone new in and it's at a time when

they also launched their brand new

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features to me, I was like, oh, this

is not good because now they launched

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the ability to make custom GPTs.

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But if opening eyes down,

then what are we going to do?

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Like last night I was on it.

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Cause I was trying to use

Dolly to create some AI images.

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And it was down for like at least

two hours, maybe more it was down.

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And that is not good because imagine if

you did create a custom GP team, And.

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Opening eyes down.

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Well, the GPT isn't going to

work either, so that doesn't

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give someone comfort in that.

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You know, if opening, I can't.

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Keep everything running smoothly.

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Yes.

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Things happen.

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But I would just say that.

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, when the waters are a little

bit tumultuous, like it's

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really, things aren't going to

go the way they're supposed to.

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And that was really an example

of that yesterday night.

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So let's get back to the story.

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So this was only really

just like the opening act.

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So what happened is, and an

astonishing twist open AI announced

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just days later that they reached an

agreement to reinstate Altman as CEO.

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And this decision followed a nearly

unanimous outcry from opening ice team

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and staff who showed their unwavering

support for Sam Altman and they even

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threatened to resign and massive.

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and literally just walk out.

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And I think that that shows you, there's

like a big lesson there to me learn.

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I think that tells you how much

respect they have for their leader.

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And how influential that

Sam Altman really is.

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And, you know, he had to

have treated his team.

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And his staff, well, for them to

respect him, because if he didn't, I

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don't think they would really care.

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There'd be like, oh good.

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The wicked witch of the west is

gone, but that wasn't the case.

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There should be a lesson for

every leaders that you build.

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, such a loyal following from your

team and your staff and from

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leadership and from everyone.

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That they're not going to let you go.

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The other important lesson to learn.

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And this is to that, you know,

Sam Altman really has built up.

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A phenomenal personal brand.

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Had he not done that?

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He wouldn't have offers

like he was snagged up over

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the weekend from Microsoft.

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Literally fired on Friday

and I think of a Saturday.

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And whatever he's like, okay, well now

I'm going to go work for Microsoft.

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And that doesn't come just magically

that comes from doing the little things

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every day and building your brand.

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Really just putting yourself

out there where you are.

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Presenting yourself, you know, with

credibility as a thought leader.

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And you're really just,

you know, continuing to put

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yourself out there in the world.

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So I think those are some

of the big takeaways for me.

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And then the other thing.

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Is.

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So what happened then is

after everyone decided that,

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Hey, they're going to resign.

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Well, the plot thickened because

Microsoft got involved and Microsoft

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is opening eyes, largest investor,

and they do have a significant

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stake in all the events that happen.

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Amongst all of this upheaval,

they announced that Altman and

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open AI co-founder Greg Brockman.

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We're going to join them to lead a

new AI research division at Microsoft.

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And this move underscored the intricate

relationship between open AI and

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Microsoft, and it really highlighted.

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The deep investment in the future of

AI that Microsoft has with open AI.

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So now let's talk about

the boardroom drama.

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So the shakeup at opening eyes

board was nothing short of dramatic.

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I mean, this is like soap opera,

Housewives of orange county.

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Beverly Hills, all that kind of thing.

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This is something that I'm pretty sure

they can make a TV Netflix series about

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this occurrence of events, because

right now all the truth is not even out.

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There's going to be an investigation

done to see why exactly the

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board of open AI decided to get.

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Sam Altman out, like, what is

it that they're saying that

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he did, that was so wrong?

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So basically, you know, the board members,

that pushed Sam Altman out, they consisted

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of Tasha McCauley, Helen toner, ILA.

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So takeover.

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If I'm saying the name right.

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So now basically what's interesting is.

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They pushed him out.

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But now they got pushed out.

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So it's really fascinating how this all

panned out because that's unexpected and

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that doesn't really happen every day.

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But again, this all ties

back to the Testament of what

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a powerful leader that's.

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, Altman is.

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And, he's made himself in valuable,

which is what you want to do as a leader.

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You want to make yourself invaluable.

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This tells me that his team admired

him, that they had a tremendous

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amount of respect for him.

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And when the entire open

AI team threatens to quit.

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If Sam Altman is not reinstated.

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That really tells you

a lot about a leader.

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So I'm going to let you guys think

about leadership in terms of that.

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Personally.

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I'm so relieved that things turn out the

way that they did because without Sam

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ultimate leading the way, my confidence

and open AI was slowly diminishing.

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And I was concerned that there

might be a lot of tech issues.

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I might be down.

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And that I actually did

experience yesterday.

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Early evening.

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And it was down for a few

hours and I was like, okay, I

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knew this was going to happen.

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I was just hoping that it wouldn't happen.

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So I'm really excited that

things are all back in order.

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And Sam Altman is back at open AI.

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Because firstly, I love using open AI

technology and platforms like chatty.

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CBT.

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And then with the recent new feature to be

able to create custom GPTs, I'm so excited

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because I'm actually going to be offering,

creating custom GPTs to my clients.

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I've created, a couple of them for myself

and I'm going to create even more because

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I really want to streamline the workflow

process, that I do for myself or.

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You know, for my own marketing,

for my clients, marketing.

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And just have things where they

can function the way that I want.

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So one of the GBTs that I

created for myself, it's called.

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Dimples content genius.

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And that one is available just for me.

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Cause that's for my personal

workflow, it's not for the public.

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But when GPT is, you can

create them for the public.

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And there's going to be a store coming out

soon where all of the GPTs will be there

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and you can even monetize if you're GPT.

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You know, it gets a lot of traffic and

is used and downloaded and so forth.

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. And then I also created another one.

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Four.

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Personal injury lawyers called personal

injury case analysis, because I know

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that behind the scenes, cause I work

with lawyers, they do their marketing.

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That there are so much involved

that they have to do in the backend.

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And there's so many documents and

paperwork and research that goes into

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working on a case that I created something

called personal injury case analysis.

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So if you need a custom GPT created for

your firm or business, reach out to me.

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My contact information is

in the show notes below.

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Also let's discuss what

happens next at open AI.

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So.

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, and the place of the old

board that I mentioned.

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The interim board was

formulated and that board.

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Led by Brett Taylor and it actually

featured prominent figures like

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Larry Summers and Adam de Angelo.

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So this reshuffling of the board

really signaled a strategic pivot

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towards more aggressive AI development.

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And commercialization, reflecting a

change in the company's direction.

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And now this brings us to

the heart of the matter.

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The delicate balance between innovation

and ethical considerations in AI.

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Altman himself, he's been very vocal,

in terms of being an advocate for

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caution and then also highlighting.

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You know, the potential risk of AI

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as Altman.

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Resumed his role at open AI, the company

stands at a really important, critical

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point where the board that's going

to be more aligned with his vision.

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And a strengthened

partnership with Microsoft.

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Now, open AI.

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, really positioned itself to

continue . Trail blazing.

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The path in the AI industry.

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But the path is still paved

when challenges and ethical

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dilemmas, which is normal.

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How is open AI going to navigate the tight

rope between pushing the boundaries of AI?

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Yet ensuring that it is used responsibly.

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Well, that question is a very important

question, but we're just going to

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have to watch and see how the soap

opera unfold, as far as that goes.

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Thanks for joining me today on

mesmerizing marketing podcast and you

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know, the story of Sam Altman and OpenAI.

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It's a reminder of the ever evolving

and dynamic nature of the tech world.

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And it's a world where innovation,

ethics, and power all come

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together in very fascinating ways.

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Join me next time.

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As we continue to explore the

captivating world of marketing and

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the latest in AI news and technology.

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And stay curious, stay informed

and as always stay mesmerizing.

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And have a happy Thanksgiving if I

don't do another episode on that.

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Wishing everyone, a joyful

and happy Thanksgiving with

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their family and friends.

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And even if you're spending it

alone, there are ways that you

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can have an amazing time, do

something special for yourself.

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Cook a nice meal.

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Spend time with your little furry friends.

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All right.

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Love you guys.

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