Sam Altman: the man with a hand on Pandora’s box of AI

The former, and once again current, boss of OpenAI has the full backing of his Big Tech allies but a worryingly opaque stance on AI regulation

The events of the past week show that Altman is more than just a simple figurehead. Picture: Getty

When the inevitable Netflix series covering the recent boardroom drama at OpenAI comes to be made, will Sam Altman emerge as the hero or the villain?

The heave against Altman was certainly entertaining for onlookers. But it also highlighted serious tensions between him and the board of the company he leads – after a brief hiatus. While it isn’t clear what the reasons are that led to his sacking, this isn’t the first time that ...