When it comes to news, the week of Thanksgiving is usually slower than molasses. But with the OpenAI drama — ousted founder; upset employees; etc. etc. — continuing to deliver exciting headlines on the company’s uncertain future, this week is anything but.
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That’s why I’d be remiss if I didn’t include at least one story related to everything that’s happened. But it’s not just another recap. Instead, it’s about how we need to understand the two camps of people who have opinions on how AI is being built and deployed: those who are interested in speed (E/ACC, short for “effective accelerationism”) and those who want things to slow down (dubbed “decels”).
And don’t forget, we’ll be off Friday celebrating Thanksgiving. Happy Holidays, and see you next week!
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