Only humans can mess up like this

The Times

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Narrated by Alistair Osborne

More proof that the AI revolution is yet to arrive. Who could imagine robots making as big a screw-up of a company’s management as the board of OpenAI? It takes human beings to deliver this sort of chaos: three chief executives in three days, the staff and investors in open revolt and the conflicts in this company plain for all to see.

As Silicon Valley soap operas go, little beats Friday’s firing of co-founder boss Sam Altman from the home of ChatGPT and the mayhem it’s unleashed. Yet wasn’t this sort of moment waiting to happen? If it wasn’t for the tensions between the commercial potential of artificial intelligence and the existential risks, there would have been no need for Rishi Sunak’s Bletchley Park jamboree.