By Maria Curi and Ashley Gold
OpenAI’s ousting of Sam Altman, if it holds, could put lawmakers racing to regulate AI on notice.
Why it matters: Altman made his presence on Capitol Hill known to ensure that his view of the technology — optimistic yet wary of existential threats — was represented in regulatory discussions. That approach also aligned with OpenAI’s business interests...
Plus, there’s always an antitrust angle: “I’m sure all of OpenAI's employees are very thankful than noncompetes are unenforceable in California,” an FTC official who asked not to be named told Axios.
- Investments Microsoft has made in OpenAI with Azure Cloud credits and its lock on much of OpenAI’s intellectual property amount to “acquisition by another name,” Steve Weber, a professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Information, told Axios.
- “Microsoft is setting up the ultimate AI antitrust heist: a de facto acquisition of a company in which it previously had a minority stake,” Weber said.
- “The walled garden that Microsoft is trying to build is the enemy both of AI innovation and AI safety — and regulators should be paying very close attention to the alarming competition policy implications of such a move...”
Steven Weber is a professor emeritus of the I School, retiring in 2021. He previously served as the faculty director at the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity (CLTC).