Five days after being ousted as chief executive officer of ChatGPT developer OpenAI, Sam Altman has returned to the CEO position after the company’s board members forced him out. These individuals were ethicists who believed that AI posed a threat to humanity, and their dismissal of Altman for commercializing AI too quickly backfired on them.
Former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers has now joined the board, and Microsoft Corp., which invested 13 trillion won ($9.86 billion) in OpenAI, is also expected to have a significant presence. Summers is an economist who believes that technological advancement is good, and Microsoft is a big tech company that has invested heavily in OpenAI for profit. If they take control of the board, replacing the ethicists, OpenAI will be able to develop and commercialize AI at a faster pace with Microsoft’s substantial capital. In response, Google LLC and Amazon.com, Inc. will no doubt ramp up their efforts in AI development, and the commercialization of AI in every aspect of human life is just around the corner.
Altman already showed us a glimpse of this future on November 8 when he unveiled ‘GPTs,’ which allows anyone to create customized chatbots without coding, while also mentioning the creation of a marketplace to sell these chatbots. It is certain that apps based on ChatGPT will flood various fields, not only in everyday life, such as cooking and learning, but also in specialized areas like scientific analysis and law.
Google also announced plans to release AI for specific domains, which heralds fierce competition among big tech companies over whose AI will become the foundation of human life.
Korean companies, including Naver Corp., are currently at a critical juncture. If the domestic ecosystem becomes stagnant, with Korean developers developing apps with big tech companies’ AIs and trading them in their marketplaces, Korea could become dependent on big tech companies in the AI market. Korean companies would be reduced to subcontractors who make apps and obey the rules set by big tech companies.
Naver introduced generative AI in August 2023, but there is a long way to go for Korean companies to compete with big tech companies. They need to make a resolute commitment to transform and innovate their business structure. It will otherwise be difficult to expect continued social support and sponsorship.
By Editorial Team
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