Each month, “Ammirati on Innovation” episodes will look at ways that the disruptive-startup mentality is spreading beyond young entrepreneurs to big established corporations. Serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Carnegie Mellon B-school professor Sean Ammirati, who sits at the intersection of these high-change dynamics, provides insight.
In this episode, Sean and I discuss Microsoft and OpenAI’s joint initiative, which they call AGI. Because $1 billion—no matter how massive the company—is a big investment. We look at a decisive quote from Sam Altman, Chairman and former CEO of YCombinator and now CEO of OpenAI: “The creation of AGI will be the most important technological development in human history with the potential to shape the trajectory of humanity.” So—is he right? Sean says you shouldn’t bet against Sam. Sean and I also touch on Bing, and why it feels like the old Microsoft, not the new. In the spirit of Batman, Sean then notes that with challenge comes great opportunity. And people in tech have some really exciting opportunities in front of them.
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When people think about corporate venture capital, they miss the boat a lot on the benefits that can be driven inside the organization as it relates to growth. #CloudWars Click To Tweet We have very significantly underestimated how transformative it's going to be when we start automating and providing artificial intelligence to tasks that seem un-automate-able. #AI #CloudWars Click To Tweet You know, @Microsoft could conceptually spin out #Bing, and have a very pure play. #CloudWars Click To Tweet
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