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The surprising change in leadership at OpenAI rocked the globe last Friday, with the board dismissing CEO Sam Altman, despite him being the prominent figure of artificial intelligence for many in Silicon Valley and beyond. However, it has also been revealed that Chief Technology Officer Mira Muratti has abruptly been thrust into the position of interim CEO at OpenAI.
Prior to this transition, Muratti was acknowledged as one of the most influential women in business. Luck The magazine featured her as the cover feature of its “100 Most Powerful Women” October/November edition.
She will now lead one of the world’s most significant companies as it revolutionizes industries with increasingly potent AI tools. A glimpse of how she may steer OpenAI in her new role comes through her improbable background and remarkable ascent, as outlined in her interview Luck.
Before joining OpenAI in 2018, Muratti was involved in modeling comprehensive vehicle design and deployment.
However, she expressed, “I was more intrigued by general intelligence. I wasn’t certain it would happen at that time, but I knew that regardless of how close we got, the creations along the way would be remarkable.
The mission of OpenAI to develop AI tools that benefit humanity “resonates greatly with me,” she said.
During her upbringing, it was not anticipated that Muratti would eventually work at Tesla and OpenAI, two of the most prominent companies in technology. Initially, due to geography, Muratti grew up in Albania during the country’s transition from an authoritarian communist system to a more democratic government. Despite the slow internet connection, she was already seeking ways to apply technology to life’s critical issues and was curious about the workings of the human brain.
At 16, she relocated to Canada after receiving a scholarship to attend an international school there. Subsequently, she obtained an engineering degree at Dartmouth before joining Tesla.
As the CTO of OpenAI, she has played a crucial role in advancing the company’s AI technology. When? Luck Meeting her at OpenAI’s San Francisco office, she demonstrated a feature that enables users to converse with ChatGPIT.
“Essentially, this is all about empowering people to interact with technology in a very natural way,” she stated.
However, Muratti also takes AI security very seriously.
According to anonymous sources cited by Bloomberg, the issue of AI safety was central to the leadership change on Friday, with disagreement arising between OpenAI’s chief scientist Ilya Sutskever and others, and Altman, over the pace of commercializing generative AI capabilities.
She acknowledged the competition among AI companies, including OpenAI, to offer the latest and most advanced features. While she acknowledged that “competition is beneficial as it can drive progress and advancement,” she expressed concern about “a race to the bottom in terms of safety.”
She stated that if AI competitors are primarily driven by competition and “overlook the risks and implications, that would be a significant problem.”
Predicting emerging capabilities and proactively addressing deployment risks is particularly challenging, she explained. Ultimately, she emphasized the need to institutionalize and operationalize these factors rather than just having them as policies and concepts.
She reiterated OpenAI’s objective of achieving artificial general intelligence (AGI) – a system capable of matching humans when confronted with an unfamiliar task – in a manner that benefits society and avoids harm.
As she mentioned Luck, “Our aim is to reach AGI, and we strive to achieve it in a manner that ensures AGI is beneficial for humanity and that we are creating something ultimately advantageous.”
She will now assume a more significant role in ensuring that OpenAI attains that objective.
This story was originally published on Fortune.com