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The ChatGPT king isn't worried, but he knows you might be

By Cade Metz

06 Apr 2023 · 13 min read

Editor's Note

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, believes he is building tech that will “solve our most pressing problems.” He is also aware of the harm it could cause. Discover more in this NYT interview with Altman.


I first met Sam Altman in the summer of 2019, days after Microsoft agreed to invest $1 billion in his 3-year-old startup, OpenAI. At his suggestion, we had dinner at a small, decidedly modern restaurant not far from his home in San Francisco.

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