As a journalist, I strongly believe that the right boards are crucial in determining the success of a company. The recent drama involving OpenAI’s board members has illustrated my point perfectly. While they may have fancy titles such as “Director of Strategy at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology,” their actions and beliefs can have a significant impact on the company’s trajectory.
OpenAI’s board members’ religion of “effective altruism” and its misapplication could have set back the world’s progress towards the tremendous benefits of artificial intelligence. Imagine a world where doctors are free for everyone, and tutors are nearly free for every child on the planet – this is what we stand to lose with the promise of AI if it falls into the wrong hands.
However, as a journalist who has seen firsthand the power of good founders, I strongly believe that companies should be led and executed by their founding entrepreneurs – those who put everything on the line to challenge the status quo, like Sam Altman. These founders face risks head-on and are focused entirely on making the world a better place. While there may be some abuse along the way, the benefits of having good founders far outweigh any risks taken.