Mira Murati assumed the role of interim CEO at OpenAI following the unexpected departure of CEO Sam Altman. Here’s a glimpse into her background and vision:
- Holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth College.
- Started her career as an intern at Goldman Sachs before joining Zodiac Aerospace.
- Worked at Tesla for three years as the senior product manager for the Model X.
- Previously served at Leap Motion as the Vice President of Product and Engineering.
- Joined OpenAI in 2018 as vice president of applied AI and partnerships and was later promoted to Chief Technology Officer in 2022.
Contributions at OpenAI:
- Led pivotal projects such as ChatGPT, DALL-E (text-to-image AI), and Codex (code-generating system).
- Spearheaded the development of multimodal models, emphasizing GPT-4 with Vision, enhancing the AI’s capacity to comprehend both images and text context.
Vision for OpenAI:
- Firmly believes in openly testing AI to identify bugs and uncover new applications, aiming for a robust understanding of the world.
- Emphasizes learning from real-world usage to refine AI technology, addressing limitations, and incorporating feedback for development.
- Advocates for assessing AI’s impact on real-world problems, distinguishing between novelty and genuine solutions.
Leadership and Assurance:
- Projecting strength in her role as interim CEO, Murati assured OpenAI employees of Microsoft’s confidence in the company’s direction. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and CTO Kevin Scott, significant backers of OpenAI, expressed “utmost confidence” in their trajectory.
- Envisions multimodal AI models as the future, aiming for ultra-capable AI capable of understanding diverse contexts and solving complex problems.
Murati’s leadership at OpenAI heralds a vision for AI development that prioritizes real-world application, continuous improvement, and a strong collaboration with backers to steer the company towards innovative advancements in the AI landscape.